Amid all the talk of mergers in New Jersey, it’s worth revisiting the tale of the two Princetons, which I wrote a column about last November.
The closely connected Mercer County municipalities are set to become one later this year, and as NJ Spotlight reports, the process is exhaustive, and not inexpensive.
Members of a Transition Task Force have met 38 times (!) in the last eight weeks to develop a plan for combining the separate departments and staffs of Princeton Borough and Princeton Township into the municipal operations of a new borough. The cost of the process is about $120,000 -- including $37,500 from a state grant -- while the overall savings of a merger is projected at $3.16 million.
Selection of a name -- Princeton -- appears to have been among the easier tasks.