Chris Christie has gone straight to work as New Jersey’s new Governor. Today he called for the elimination of The Highlands Council: a water-protection agency, set up in 2004 to protect a 400,000 acre zone covering seven counties. The council exercises veto power over development. And that is just one of dozens of proposals coming from his office in the last few days.
Mr. Christie’s strategy according to The Star Ledger is to “stop, drop, and roll back” state government’s footprint. He is recommending freezing teachers salaries, consolidating or eliminating some agencies, doubling up prison inmates and ending subsidies for horse-racing and the New Jersey (TV) Network. For more, you can review 19 reports released yesterday from the Governor’s office with recommendations to “improve or shrink government”.