This article was written by Barry Chalofsky, P.P., is a former manager in State government. He is presently an environmental, land-use planning, and management consultant; as well as an adjunct instructor of environmental planning at Rutgers University. Reach him at bchalofassociates.com… In Season 4, Episode 3 of Seinfeld, George Costanza pitches a "show about nothing" to the executives at NBC. The result was one of the best sitcoms ever produced on television. Recently a good friend of mine suggested that what we are witnessing in New Jersey is reminiscent of a "show about nothing." With Governor Christie off to various states more than 50% of the time on his quixotic adventure for the presidency, and a Democratic legislature that is stymied by Christie’s veto; we certainly seem to be adrift in a "state of nothing." That’s not to say that we don’t have problems that need to be solved; it’s just that no one can do anything about them. The underfunded pension, Transportation Trust Fund shortfall, Common Core controversy, high unemployment compared to other states, highest property taxes, state revenue shortfalls, and sub-par credit rating; are just some of the major problems that need to be addressed… The Legislature is not likely to change much in the upcoming election. So the only chance we have of resolving these difficult issues is for true bi-partisanship to occur starting after the November 2015 election. Such bi-partisanship may not help the Governor in his quest, but it needs to happen if we are to work our way out of this mess.
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