The Christie Administration revealed in a secret office memo that the results of the ‘Best Practices’ Checklist will be used to determine which of the 566 Jersey towns are “Naughty” and which are “Nice.”
So far, 27 are on the ‘Naughty’ list, with Newark topping the list as ‘naughtiest of town of all’. “I am still afraid to walk across the street in Newark,” shared Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, who as Secretary of State is the chair of the Best Practices Checklist Commission.
Christie’s checklist, containing 88 questions in seven categories, is part of his initiative to make taxes manageable and improve relationships with local governments. The questions cover a range of issues, like whether a town has a personnel manual and ethics training, how budgets are prepared and whether the municipality is using sustainable energy. “Lots of ‘Yes!’ answers mean you’re a ‘nice’ town,” added the Lieutenant Governor. “and too many ‘no’s’ are a ‘no-no’,”.
Curiously, Monmouth Beach (Guadagno’s home town) and Mendham (Christie’s hometown) topped the list of “Nice” towns. Also, towns with such pleasant sounding towns as Point Pleasant, Pleasant Mills, and Pleasantville, also topped the list. Around the state, reactions to the “Naughty” and “Nice” lists ranged from ‘crying’ to ‘pouting’. “The towns better not cry and better not pout,” added Guadagno.
Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak Fleischer defended the lists, however, saying that the Governor will now know “if you’ve been bad or good—So be good for goodness sake!”
“To those towns who are too ‘naughty’, the Governor would sends an unambiguous message: ‘You better watch out!,’ said.
Drewniak, added, however, that the list of “Naughty” town was not final, and therefore subject to change. “Even as we speak, the governor is checking it twice.”