It was a cold damp day when I decided to sit down with a friend of mine to discuss my plans to run for State Assembly. Interestingly the friend had served for decades as an employee for the State of New Jersey and is a registered Democrat. The insight and guidance they provided was truly invaluable.
For instance, they noted: “If you perform an audit on the state of New Jersey’s staff there will be massive waste: People who leave at noon, people who don’t show up for work, and political appointees in roles that are not needed by the departments they are in”. In an era of finding more effective uses of tax money, such wastefulness requires remediation.
Incidentally the friend noted, and I wholeheartedly agree, that the vast majority of state workers are good people. On the area of appointees, for instance, the suggestion would not be to perform a witch hunt to determine who appointed the individual. This audit, however, is clearly overdue. Given the power and use of appointments by both political parties, it seems it is not in their interest to run the audit even if it is in the interest of the people of New Jersey.
My latest proposal is to have the aforementioned audit performed. It should be done expeditiously and without malice or ill intent. In an era where we can barely ensure our general obligations are paid, can we truly afford waste in tax dollars? Restitution of tax monies and the shoring up of our state finances is the first step toward and more prosperous and affordable New Jersey.
Robert A. Quinn is a candidate for New Jersey State Assembly in Legislative District 17 (Franklin Twp, New Brunswick, North Brunswick, Piscataway, Milltown)