The merger of Princeton with Princeton Township was a great success and should be a source of inspiration for all 565 municipalities in New Jersey.
Even though everyone agrees we have too many local government bodies, the Princeton merger was the state's first since 1997. There may be many good reasons to maintain a separate municipality, but it's often too much of a burden for taxpayers.
One efficient measure, which would be less drastic than forcing municipalities to merge, would be to make them share their services. By cooperating, local governments would save money while keeping their local identity.
In late 2012, the state Senate passed a bill sponsored by Stephen M. Sweeney (D,. Gloucester) that would provide incentives to share. We need to reward municipalities that manage funds efficiently, and punish local officials who refuse to do so. That is exactly what the Sweeney bill would do if passed by the state Assembly.
John Hall, Woodstown