Steven Malanga of the Manhattan Institute is a keen observer of New Jersey's fiscal excesses. He has a great column in today's NY Post that I was going to point to, but our friends at InTheLobby beat me to it while I was busy repossessing trucks.
Here's the gist:
From 2001-2009 school enrollment in New Jersey increased by 38,000 students, 3%.
Full time school hiring jumped by 28,000, 14%.
"That's right: Jersey's schools have added three-quarters of an employee for every new student -- during a period of deep fiscal pain for the state. Most of the new hires were teachers -- which is more than one new instructional worker for every two new students."
Governor Christie is doing the right thing by forcing a reversal of this trend. But for the political landscape he could cut deeper. Anyone who tells you (or tells your kids to tell you) differently has their hands in your pocket.