Grassroots Movement Calling For Municipal Consolidation In New Jersey

NEW JERSEY (WCBS 880) — A grassroots movement calling for municipal consolidations, is growing in New Jersey.

With a two percent tax cap in place, budgets are tight all across the Garden State. Positions are being cut in schools, police departments and public works.

State senator Robert Gordon says consolidation of some of New Jersey’s 566 municipalities is inevitable.

WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reports: Senator Says Tax Cap Could Force Consolidation

“I think New Jersey is headed for a financial meltdown,” said Gordon. “You can only cut so far. At some point, you really have to look at how you’re organized.”

Historically, towns have been reluctant to surrender home-rule, but a new law makes it easier for individual citizens to initiate the consolidation process.

Leading the consolidation charge is a grassroots effort. Gina Genovese founded Courage to Connect New Jersey, a non-profit, non-partisan group that helps citizens get the consolidation process started.

“Frankly, there might be some towns that the mayor and council don’t want to give up power. So you have to have an opportunity for the citizens to be able to do it in connection with other towns where their mayors and councils get it,” said Genovese.

She says consolidation is on the table in the Cherry Hill area and in Fairwood and Scotch Plains.

Do you think cities and towns in New Jersey should consolidate? Sound off below in our comments section:

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  • jerseyjoey

    New jersey is a lost cause, its a little to late now to do what state government should have done 40 years ago. best thing a Poor new jersey citizen can do is move South and be in REAL AMERICA the home of the free. Oh but Wait, new jersey has an exit fee they tack on to you home sale, funny:: N.J. lost 500 families a week and gained NYC loser illegal imigrents. New Jersey N you not perfect together if you are a hard working tax payer but if your an illegal imigrent trash bag NJ loves you.

  • ed

    It’s not just mayors who would lose their jobs, police chiefs, fire chiefs, DPW chiefs, etc. and they control the towns…..with big egos. No way would they give up their jobs

  • Jx

    I was right, I just checked with my State Senator. These will be some of the new towns as a result of consolidation:
    Jersey Newark City | West Maplemillburn Orangewood | Orange East Orange | North Union Bergen City | Wayneclifton | West New Guttenburg | West Caldwell Caldwell | Harriskearney | Montbloomclair | Livingrosetown | Allenho-ho-kusdale | New Summit Providence | Lynsecaucushurst.| Verona Grove | Woodland Paterson Park | Boontonville | East West Hanover

  • http://Aol Chris

    No that means less patronage jobs helloooooo

  • Jx

    Are we talking about combining municipalities? If so, doesn’t that mean there is less adequate representation?

    • http://Aol Joe

      Less patronage and no show jobs that is what it means a little common sense

  • Dale Auburn

    “Frankly, there might be some towns that the mayor and council don’t want to give up power.”

    Exactly. History shows that the only purpose of having power is to preserve that power at all costs.

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