Gov. Christie creates privatization task force

Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J) signed an executive order Thursday forming a commission tasked with privatizing as many as 2,000 state jobs.

Christie said the commission, led by former state Congressman Dick Zimmer, will be tasked with increasing efficiency, effectiveness and narrowing costs of services provided by the state.

Gov. Christie attributed former Gov. Jon Corzine with putting New Jersey in a situation where privatization may be an option. Christie also blamed the labor unions for their unwillingness to forgo salary increases.

Christie is scheduled to present the state budget Tuesday afternoon. The governor is working to bridge an $11 billion budget deficit facing the Garden State for the 2010 fiscal year.

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