Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Christie cutting wasteful spending in Long Branch!

In case anyone didn't see the news this morning:
Gov. Chris Christie vetoed $45,700 in budgeted spending in the Long Branch Urban Enterprise Zone budget, calling the expenses "unnecessary."

The veto was for expenses related to marketing the city with promotional items like keychains and calendars.
“Such expenditures contradict my stated goals of fiscal prudence and are not critical to furthering the goals of the Long Branch Project,” Christie wrote in his veto letter. “For these reasons, I am compelled to veto the action which approved the Long Branch UEZ Marketing and Business Development Project 2011.”
The governor vetoed the following expenses:
• $14,000 for promotional items at “conventions, expositions and conferences,” including such things as pads, pens, notebooks, flashlights, key chains, tee shirts, letter openers, sanitizer, Frisbees and other promotional items
• $15,750 for “videography services” for recording “major car shows, cruise nights and concerts"
• $15,000 for the “layout, production, printing, mailing and postage of a “UEZ City Calendar”
• $700 for “refreshments such as donuts and coffee”
• $250 committed to “travel,” for unspecified individuals, to include “tolls, parking and gas”

Just for the record, I do believe that my Republican vice-chair (yes, we have one... really... no you've probably never met her and I suspect you never will either) is employed by the City of Long Branch and responsible for finances of the Long Branch UEZ. Curious; hopefully my fellow Long Branch Republican isn't spending wastefully.

Thank you for paying attention here Governor! BTW - our property tax increase looks to be closer to 4% than 2%. After exchanging some emails with her, I have faith that my other fellow Republican Committeewoman, and Long Branch Council member - Joy Bastelli, is working through the budget and looking for additional cuts to keep the property tax increases to a minimum.

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