This war has spread to New Jersey:
There’s East Rutherford, then Carlstadt, then Moonachie, then — whoosh—
faster than the car radio can play the latest hit single, you’re in
Little Ferry, the next borough over. That’s four boroughs in one song.
You pass through Moonachie during the refrain.
Moonachie is small: about 2,700 residents. That’s smaller than some New York apartment complexes. That’s just one-seventh of the seating capacity of the arena at Madison Square Garden.
That’s too small, says New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine (D).
Corzine, who presided over mergers and acquisitions as chairman of Goldman Sachs, is telling hundreds of New Jersey’s smallest towns and boroughs that they are too small to exist. Multiple
layers of government are financially wasteful, he says, and the
littlest towns and boroughs need to merge with their bigger neighbors
to achieve economies of scale.
Corzine’s incentive — more like a hammer — is a threatened cutoff of state aid.
I would be disappointed if they did away with East Rutherford and Moonachie. Here is the full story.