When I speak with people in NJ about creating K-12 unified school districts for consistent curriculum and fiscal efficiency, they think I am crazy.
When I speak with Mayors around the state, they say 'Shared Services' save money but consolidation does not.
I say sharing a court saves thousands; consolidating the administration and police saves millions.
Pick out the crazy one here.
Residents say, 'I do not want to lose my town identity so I am opposed to consolidation.
I ask, how many towns in NJ have a strong identity that is not the name of their government?
Let us ask the residents of Basking Ridge, Allendale, Oakhurst, Martinsville,
Ortley Beach, Short Hills, Ewing, Ocean Grove, Menlo Park, Waretown, Sandy Hook, Colonia etc... (There are about 920 more but I will not bore you.)
All of these distinct, identifiable towns have a different name than their government. They can be found on GPS and highway signs. They have their own zip codes and mailing addresses, fire departments, train stations, beaches, separate business districts and schools with their names, parades and town flags.
So now who is crazy? Not me.