Sen. Donald Norcross (D., Camden) has introduced a bill that would require all public employees in New Jersey to live in the state.
"If you want a paycheck from New Jersey taxpayers, you should live here and pay your taxes here," Norcross said in a news release.
The proposal (S1730 in the Senate and A2478 in the Assembly) would cover all state, county and municipal workers as well as authorities, boards, agencies and commissions and colleges.
New Jersey public employees who live elsewhere would have to move to the state within two-and-a-half years, a step Norcross said would give them time to sell their homes and move. Newly hired workers would have to establish a primary residency in New Jersey within four months.