How will Christie shake NJ up?

1/29/2010:

A must-read article for New Jersey residents!

With the recent election of Governor Chris Christie – there has been much talk about what to do with New Jersey, and it’s fiscal problems that are squeezing the residents out of the state.

After Eileen Norcross’ article on Reason.com: “Exiting New Jersey’s Fiscal Nightmare,” you’ll certainly not wonder why so many people are loving their six-figure public patronage jobs anymore.

I’d suggest City officials start putting their thinking caps on now – because the days of relying on state aid to help mismanage run the city may be coming to an end soon!

NJ Governor Chris Christie at Maxwell Place Hoboken NJ

Some interesting snippits:

  • Since 1990 local governments have added 45,500 new jobs. Nearly all of them are represented by one of a dozen unions, which have helped secure some of the plushest public sector jobs in the nation. It’s easy to see how property taxes have grown at twice the rate of inflation over the past decade.
  • The state’s pension plan is currently under-funded by $34 billion. The pensions for average teacher range from $1.6 million to $2.5 million, per retiree. For the average police officer, that range totals between $3.2 million and $6 million, per retiree.
  • Christie’s real challenge is to stop this exploitation of the state’s treasury by the public sector unions. He can lead the charge in rooting out obvious public sector excess, such as massive cash payouts for unused leave, and paid time off for holiday shopping.
  • He’s also proposed cutting back on wasteful programs which simply subsidize municipal mismanagement.

She sums it all up by saying:

  • “Implementation is the hard part—especially in a political climate where patronage and rent-seeking seem to be the explicit goal of most policy makers. Chris Christie has his work cut out for him.”

How do you think Hoboken will fare once Christie rolls his sleeves up? Higher property taxes? Lesser services?

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15 Comments on "How will Christie shake NJ up?"

BarbaraR56
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BarbaraR56

Dream on, people. Hopefully Gov. Christie can implement the change he promised. We will see. I wish him luck.

hobokenj
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hobokenj
Its about time. Lets hope this paves the way for our local gov’t to enact the same changes and provide some real tax relief. Benefits reform finally on table After years of dithering and talk-is-cheap lip service — years that revealed an appalling lack of political spine and will in Trenton — the state Senate Monday introduced sweeping pension and health benefit reform bills for government workers. The measure could reach the full Legislature by the end of the month. The four-bill package, most elements of which we have been long advocating, should be put on the desk of an eager-to-sign-them Gov. Chris Christie and become law as soon as possible. The state pension system, underfunded by some $34 billion the last time somebody took an official look, is not far from complete collapse. It’s not as if these reforms came out of thin air. Many of them were recommended by bipartisan legislative committees back in the last administration. But Gov. Jon Corzine effectively quashed some of the most important recommendations, believing that such sweeping changes were better negotiated than dictated by the Legislature. That’s one of the reasons he’s not governor anymore. The new reform bills have broad support, with as many as 23 sponsors in the 40-member Senate. Change is finally in the air on both sides of the political aisle. Among the long-overdue proposals: Traditional pensions would be limited to full-time employees. Pension calculations for new employees would be based on their five highest years’ pay, rather… Read more »
plywood
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plywood

“The worst crime against working people is a company which fails to operate at a profit”
– Samuel Gompers (1850-1924), First President of the AFL

ohnoivotedforher
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ohnoivotedforher

The state has to many hamlets, villages, cities, townships,etc. Which translates thousands of police, fire, library, school districts adding a tremendous overhead of costs.

Translation the highest taxes in the United States.

emarche
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Partially true. What you’re leaving out: nepotism, patronage, etc. Perfect example this week, right in our own backyard thanks to Lt. Andriani. Here you have a man (and that’s giving him way too much credit) who is collecting $11k a month after being disgraced and dismissed from his role. If the average white collar worker in NYC futzed around and pulled the same kind of crap as Andriani, you know what would happen? They’d get fired. They’d be done. No pension, no payout, no nothing. And the only reason he’s getting what he’s getting has NOTHING to do with the number of hamlets, towns, villages, etc., but it does have EVERYTHING to do with corruption and greed.

So while you idiots are throwing stones at the ‘fat cats’ on Wall Street or at Conservatives, why do you fail to lob any in the direction of the crooks right down the street?

Take ’em all out or STFU.

In response to ohnoivotedforher who said:
The state has to many hamlets, villages, cities, townships,etc. Which translates thousands of police, fire, library, school districts adding a tremendous overhead of costs.

Translation the highest taxes in the United States.

ohnoivotedforher
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ohnoivotedforher

so you did get, to many mayors, council members, chiefs, school administrators and indians with more than 2 civil service positions. Time for a giant re-organization, alignment, and right sizing…Love Wilma

In response to emarche who said:
Partially true. What you’re leaving out: nepotism, patronage, etc. Perfect example this week, right in our own backyard thanks to Lt. Andriani. Here you have a man (and that’s giving him way too much credit) who is collecting $11k a month after being disgraced and dismissed from his role. If the average white collar worker in NYC futzed around and pulled the same kind of crap as Andriani, you know what would happen? They’d get fired. They’d be done. No pension, no payout, no nothing. And the only reason he’s getting what he’s getting has NOTHING to do with the number of hamlets, towns, villages, etc., but it does have EVERYTHING to do with corruption and greed.

So while you idiots are throwing stones at the ‘fat cats’ on Wall Street or at Conservatives, why do you fail to lob any in the direction of the crooks right down the street?

Take ’em all out or STFU.

Bob321
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Bob321

Well said yzass!!

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