NJ Gov Holds Town Hall in Caldwell

Gov. Chris Christie has renewed his call for New Jersey towns to share more services.

Speaking Monday at a town hall event in Caldwell, the governor said that after school funding, the duplication of municipal services is most responsible for high property tax bills.

Christie said forthcoming legislation from Senate President Steve Sweeney will call for shared services and, in some cases, implement penalties for towns that don't use them.

As an example, Christie pointed to Princeton Township and Princeton Borough's recent decision to consolidate, which takes effect in 2013. The state is picking up the transition costs for the first year of that merger.

Studies have shown taxpayers in both communities will save money by consolidating. But opponents fear the merger will cost the towns their local identities.