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"The lines on the geopolitical map of New Jersey were drawn by men with political and/or economic agendas . . . today the costs of maintaining New Jersey’s multiple and redundant jurisdictions mounts into the billions of dollars."

Alan J. Karcher,
Multiple Municipal Madness

Gina Genovese op-ed piece on

It is widely anticipated that Gov. Chris Christie’s first budget message, to be delivered on March 16, will show the harsh reality of New Jersey’s bleak financial outlook. No one is expected to be spared.

Immediately following the Governor’s address, every media outlet in the state will be hit with a barrage of letters from local lawmakers and special interest groups. Outraged and furious, these writers will all have very legitimate reasons as to why cuts in state funding will have dire effects on the most fragile New Jerseyans.

I sympathize with these individuals. As a former mayor in Morris County, I’ve spent a lot of time speaking with constituents about the hard decisions that have to be made. I know first-hand the strains that come from deciding which worthwhile organizations should receive a limited amount of government aid and the consequences when that money doesn’t come.

As New Jersey slogs through this impossible budget year, the solution for the state’s chronic budget crisis will become glaringly evident: The only way in which we can control spending is by greatly reducing the number of municipalities in the state.

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