I know I speak for my fellow New York conservatives that we’re looking to what Chris Christie is doing in New Jersey as somewhat of a science project to see how conservative governing and ideas will play in a deep blue state. The theory is that tax payers are tired of the Democrats selling them out to the Big Labor, it might be time for…wait for it…change.
Much like that great New Yorker Crazy Eddie, could Crazy Christie have done gone too far this time? A task force was formed to develop recommendations on how the state could save money for the tax payers and help reduce the state budget. Their findings have been submitted to the Governor and their report sits on his desk.
In a word? Privatize…
State parks, psychiatric hospitals and even turnpike toll booths could also be run by private operators, according to the 57-page report on privatization obtained by The Star-Ledger. Preschool classrooms would no longer be built at public expense, state employees would pay for parking and private vendors would dish out food, deliver health care and run education programs behind prison walls.
All told, the report says, New Jersey could save at least $210 million a year by delivering an array of services through private hands. “The question has to be, ‘Why do you continue to operate in a manner that’s more costly and less effective?’ rather than, ‘Why change?’?” said Richard Zimmer, the former Republican congressman who chaired the task force.
It is unclear how many of the recommendations will be adopted by Governor Christie, who commissioned the report in March. Christie’s spokesman declined comment Thursday.
It’ll be interesting to see how many recommendations he implements. On one hand, private companies potentially open the state up to the same corruption public companies do. On the other hand, private companies can usually do the job twice as effective for half the price, because if they don’t they can get fired.