Greetings from Atlantic City! I'm down here participating in the New Jersey State League of Municipalities convention to get a hands-on feel for the latest technologies and innovations in municipal government. Some highlighted include:
Joining the Morris County League of Municipalities for a speech from former NYPD Commissioner Bernie Kerik who shared his 9/11 story. Chilling to say the least.
Hearing the top priorities of our legislative leaders, including Senator Tom Kean's focused on a charitable deduction on state income taxes (for gifts to NJ charities). Hear, hear!
Attending a class on the “The Future of Municipal Courts”. You know it's a good sign when the class is taught by your own municipal prosecutor. The shared Chester Township, Mendham Township, Chester Borough Court is an exemplar in New Jersey.
Hearing from New Jersey's Shared Service Czars. You can’t talk about shared services in New Jersey without highlighting the successes of the Chesters. That was true again this morning, as the czars pointed to the shared Chester Police as a model for other towns.
Catching up with (or finally meeting) other young New Jerseyans taking a shot at elected office. Big thanks to Atlantic City Councilman Jesse O. Kurtz for the invitation and to good people like Freeholder James Kern III and Council President Michael Thulen Jr. who are making a difference in their communities. And always great to hear from whip smart people like Senator-elect Mike Testa, Jack Ciattarelli, and old friend Matt Rooney.