Two of Gov. Christie’s top administrators pledge less red tape, more transparency

Two of Gov. Christie’s top administrators pledged to N.J. mayors Wednesday that their departments will cut red tape, improve transparency, and become more consumer-responsive.

Lori Grifa, head of the Department of Community Affairs, and Bob Martin, commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection, both spoke at the N.J. League of Municipalities annual Mayors’ Legislative Day held in the Statehouse in Trenton.

Grifa stressed, however, that pension reform, civil service reform and requiring employees to pay a share of their health care costs are critical items in the governor’s so-called “took kit” of reforms that still must be addressed.

“We have to find a way to stabilize those numbers,” Grifa told an assembly of mayors and others.

She also informed them that due to budget cuts, her office no longer can afford to conduct studies into shared services. She urged local leaders to find creative ways to save taxpayers’ money.

At DEP, which has seen its work force reduced from 4,000 to 2,800, Martin said he wants all permits put online and wants the application process handled electronically.

 “We have to use technology to drive productivity,” he said.