Gov. Chris Christie today will form a task force to study the viability of having the state take over the county prosecutors’ offices as a shared services, cost-savings measure.
The suggestion comes from key Christie ally Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo, whose former County Prosector, Paula Dow, now serves as Christie’s Attorney General, in a county where the prosecutor’s office comes with a nearly $50 million cost tag.
A champion of combining the state and county prosecutors’ offices since his days as a county freeholder, DiVincenzo is expected to be named to the task force.
Some questions the task force will consider are whether New Jersey indeed requires 21 sex crime units, 21 gang units, etc; and whether one state oversight administrative office could better eliminate duplicative services.