He's an interesting comparison. NJ is sucking wind right now and is about $6 billion shy of balancing the budget for 08. So in order to get the budget in line, our dear democratic goivernor wanted to increase road tolls (like we don't have enough those already) 800%. 800 freaking percent. Obvioslu the populus strenuously objected (yea we hired Demi Moore to make the confrontation). The old Gov backs off.
Now he's announcing the budget cuts he wants to make. First off is eliminating the state department of agriculture to save $4 million. Well, we ain't Iowa, but we do produce a good deal of fruits and veggies (a/k/a the Rutgers Tomato ) and we the country's largest producer of Cranberries (thank me next Thanksgiving).
Next in line, he wants to close 6 state parks including one that contains the largest freshwater lake and best fishing in the state. It's obvious ploy to piss off the residents. That will save another $4 mil. What he ignores though is the $87 million he leavfes in the budget for constructing a new state park right behind the Statehouse in Trenton. $87 freakin million to plant the trees (it's a parking lot) and add park benches in one of the worst crime zones in the state. A park that no one is going to use. A little investigation reveals the contract for construction was already bid and awarded and the largest contributor to his campaign was awarded the deal. Cancellation costs the state $0, but Nooooooooooooooooooo. He's keeping it in the budget. So we lose 6 existing state parks and he adds a new one that costs an added $87,000,000.00000000000000000000000000000000000000 0000000. What are these politicians thinking?