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Gov. Chris Christie
David Matthau, Townsquare Media NJ
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A ‘Secret Formula’ to Lower Taxes in NJ? [POLL/AUDIO]

Gov. Chris Christie says he's finally found the secret formula to lower property taxes in the Garden State -- although it's not really a secret at all.

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NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney
State Sen. Pres. Steve Sweeney (David Matthau, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Another Push for Shared Services in NJ [AUDIO]

Local and state officials discussed the re-introduction of legislation that would commission a study involving shared services throughout New Jersey.

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Asm. Lou Greenwald, Asm. Declan O'Scanlon
Assemblyman Lou Greenwald (D) and Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon (R) on a property tax panel at Monmouth University (Townsquare Media)
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NJ Shared Services Bill Could Die Monday [AUDIO]

Any bill that doesn't pass both houses of the New Jersey Legislature by this coming Monday will die and have to be reintroduced when the new legislature takes over Tuesday. One such bill that appears to be in jeopardy is a measure that would force towns to share services where it makes sense, or risk losing state aid equal to the amount that would have been saved.

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Senate President Steve Sweeney
Senate President Steve Sweeney (Kevin McArdle, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Senate President Sweeney Pushes Shared Services Bill [POLL/AUDIO]

There is no more ardent advocate for requiring New Jersey towns to share services, if it makes sense, than state Sen. President Steve Sweeney.

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Classroom
Flickr User knittymarie
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Is Regionalization Catching on in NJ?

A vote on a referendum that took place on Sept. 24 has created a single regional pre-K- Grade 12 school district for Lambertville, Stockton and West Amwell Township in the southern part of Hunterdon County.  Gov. Chris Christie and many legislators have been urging consolidation for years as a way to lower New Jersey's highest-in-the-nation average property tax bills.

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NJ Assembly Democrats Facebook
NJ Assembly Democrats Facebook
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NJ Republicans Blame Democrats for Summer of Inaction [AUDIO]

It was late June the last time the full General Assembly was in session at the State House in New Jersey.

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Police
Flickr User Matty Ring
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Police Merger Talks End Messily in North Jersey

A possible merger of three borough police departments in northern New Jersey appears to be off the table despite a study that found the towns could save more than $1 million annually.

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Sheila Oliver and Steve Sweeney
Dino Flammia, Townsquare Media
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Shared Services Bill Remains Stalled in NJ Assembly [AUDIO]

A bill that would penalize towns that refuse to share services passed the full State Senate in late November of 2012, but it's been gathering dust in the Assembly ever since. Sen. President Steve Sweeney sponsors the measure.

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Firehouse
Flickr User Dotpolka
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Shared Services Bill Advances

Long-debated legislation that aims to remove barriers to local shared services has been approved by the Assembly Budget Committee.

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Plow
Flickr User likeaduck
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NJ Towns Switching to Private Help [AUDIO]

An increasing number of New Jersey towns have turned to privatizing services that were handled by the public sector for decades.

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