New Jersey’s Law Faculty Can Stay Put
Some time back, a few blogs reported on an early draft of a New Jersey bill that would seem to have required New Jersey state employees, including the law faculties of Camden-Rutgers and Newark, to maintain a New Jersey residence. Not surprisingly, the final draft of the bill, now before Gov. Christie for his signature, contains provisions providing schools an easy way to claim exemptions for newly hired faculty (older hires being entirely grandfathered).
Though faculties will be spared, the law is incredibly stupid. Mobile employees – that is, the cream of the crop – will be motivated to leave the State’s workforce so they can live where they want. Though there many good reasons to shrink the size of government’s payroll, especially if the State is going to underfund its workers’ pensions, this seems like a pretty foolish way to go about it. Maybe Governor Christie will pass up on the opportunity for cheap populism and make an articulate case for a well functioning government in the long term … but I sort of doubt it.