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Bob Hennelly, WNYC reporter, discusses the cuts to police forces in Newark and Camden, and other cuts to government services in New Jersey and around the region.
Hi, brian, Why cuts for the services that are most needed? As I understand it, crime rate is up.oes the government want it to be even higher? Would more people being roobed and killed solve the economic problems that this region/country is struggling with? And less library hours? How would that help anybody? Less education? More people without skills that are necessary to get on in the world? Is this a good thing? Don't think so. Eugenia Renskoff
Christie is anti-public service sector/anti-union in one of the most unionized states in the U.S., combine that with the big costs of public service personnel salary, benefits, and benefits, and Christie is in small government nirvana! Moreover, his political star is rising on the national stage for doing what he loves in front of a large, cheering Tea Party-led audience.
In our town there have been serious cuts, Friday furloughs, cuts in school budgets, garbage pick up just once a week (it was a stinky summer!). The Christmas tree lighting ceremony yelled recession, it was sad.We are in Bergen County, we already pay plenty of taxes, it is sad to see that it is still not enough. I am happy paying taxes, how else do we afford OUR services? Corporation money is not trickling down this way...
why pay cuts instead of service cuts? why should the workers pay for mismanagement instead of the "don't tax me citizens?"
Christie's only real investment in NJ is his desire to cut away all govt. service, regardless of their wisdom, strategic importance, and the necessity of smart investment.
To be fair, NJ municipal service redundancy through home rule (as I know hjs is familiar) is a major problem that needs completely reworked, but it has to be done in a comprehensive manner with a vision for the state's future. Sorry, but Christie ain't visionary, just reactionary.
The "toolkit" at least begins to address these structural issues, as Hennelly mentioned.
1st are upstate highways always closed for november snow storms or is that out of the ordinary?2nd why would gov christie be willing to pay a washington law firm to fight his deal breaking instead of investing in north jersey infrastructure?
First they came for my tobacco settlement bonds,then they came for my pensions, then they came for my school budgets, then they came for my infrastructure, then they came for my policemen...it might be that time. OK, it's true.In exchange for calling the whole thing off, I am now to be known only by the following moniker: "ExxonMobil SHC Industrial lubricants: same great ISO viscosity grade at start-up as mineral based lubricant, with considerably less churn."
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