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Bergen lawmaker wants to eliminate county government

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New Jersey’s 21 counties would no longer have governments if freshman state Assembly Robert Auth of Bergen County gets his way, NJ Advance Media reports.

Auth has introduced a bill in Trenton that would direct an obscure state commission to recommend to the Legislature how best to eliminate county government.

Although transferring the functions to the state and municipalities means hiring more people, Auth said they wouldn’t be highly-paid managers.

“I totaled up all the county budgets throughout the state. It’s like $6.5 billion a year in New Jersey,” he said. “That’s a lot of money.” READ MORE….

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