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Governor Christie: We're Making Government Smaller

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Published on Dec 21, 2011

Governor Christie in Spotswood, NJ. 12/21/2011 (Transcript Below)

Governor Christie: I'll just give you one note. You know, I know politicians for years have run for governor in this state and other positions and said, you know, if you elect me we're going to make government smaller, and you're still waiting for that. Well, let me tell you that we've done it now in the last two years. In the last two years, just in the state government alone, New Jersey now has fewer state employees than it had on the day Christie Whitman left office in 2001. Now think about that.

There's no easy way to do that, but I promised you I would, and I feel like I have to keep those promises. I made them; I need to keep them. And the decisions are difficult to make them, but you have to do it and we're now seeing the results from that. A smaller state government that's going to I guarantee you continue to get smaller. We've now passed Christie Whitman's low point; next is see if we can get employment down to where it was when Christie Whitman entered office seven years before that. And we're going to keep pushing to try to get to where we need to get to while still providing the services to you that you want, and in my first twenty-three months as governor when you take into account all levels of government, local, county, and state, no state has shed a greater percentage of their public sector jobs than New Jersey has in the country. That's because mayors and councilpeople and freeholders are getting smart about this with the 2% cap. They don't have the money to do it anymore. So they've got to make the hard choices.

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