By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
Governor Chris Christie will speak from his State House Outer Office at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Save Jerseyans. You can watch it live right here (below the fold)…
The topic matter? PolitickerNJ is reporting that Christie will replace New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner James Simpson with former McGreevey Department of Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox. He’s a partisan Democrat whose resume includes high levels positions with Robert “The Torch” Torricelli and the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Did we run out of Republicans who could do the job?
In any event, Fox will once again have his hands full. The condition of New Jersey’s transportation trust fund remains a hot button issue under the dome; its health deteriorated when prior administrations (including McGreevey’s) borrowed to keep things afloat. We haven’t learned our lesson yet despite the obvious nature of the root problem. A brand new report out today (unrelated to the announcement) confirmed, again, that New Jersey’s cost of maintaining its roadways ($2 million per mile) is the worst in America. How anyone can defend the prevailing wage is beyond me…
Another note: As if robbing Peter to pay Paul isn’t bad enough, Fox backed a gas tax hike – saying it was on the table – during his last time around at NJ DOT; his party still does at present. Gov. Christie is on record opposing it. Could this be the beginning of a policy shift given the fund’s desperate status?
And while we’re on the subject, how can we save a state by recycling the machine cogs whose machine bosses brought her to the brink in the first place?
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