The mission of the Red Tape Review Commission is to create a business climate in New Jersey that facilitates job creation. Governor Christie and Lieutenant Governor Guadagno are targeting burdensome regulations so that the business-to-government interaction is seamless and productive, while protecting public health, safety and the environment.
Commission Members
Senator Robert M. Gordon
Senator Steven V. Oroho
Assemblyman John J. Burzichelli
Assemblywoman Amy Handlin

Freeholder Brian D. Levine
Kimberley Gillespie
John Galandak
Bernard Corrigan
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New Jersey Department of State
P.O. Box 300
Trenton, NJ 08625

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Red Tape Review Commission

On September 23, 2010, then-Acting Governor Guadagno signed Executive Order No. 41 to create a permanent, bi-partisan Red Tape Review Commission (the “Commission”).

Building on the activity of its predecessor, the 90-day Red Tape Review Group (the “Group”), the Commission will hold at least three public meetings throughout the state in 2011 and will submit a final report to Governor Christie in December 2011. Through these forums, the Commission will solicit the public’s view of New Jersey’s regulatory process.

On January 20, 2010, Governor Christie signed Executive Order No. 1, which froze proposed regulations and ordered a 90-day moratorium on new proposals. Executive Order No.2 directed State departments to undertake a review of their administrative regulations to ensure that they complied with the “Common Sense Principles” for rulemaking.

The departments were given 90 days to review proposed regulations, and 180 days to review existing regulations. With Executive Order No. 3, Governor Christie created the Group to “review all pending and proposed rules and regulations to assess their effects on New Jersey’s economy and to determine whether their burdens on business and workers outweigh their intended benefits.”

The Group gathered input from stakeholders through three public meetings and combined with the results of the agency reviews, it presented its report Findings & Recommendations to Governor Christie on April 19, 2010. The report, Summary: Department 180-Day Submissions, followed on September 23, 2010.

Of the 128 proposed regulations that had been frozen by Executive Order No. 1, State departments withdrew 16. As a result of the 180-day review of existing regulations, mandated by Executive Order No. 2, the departments abolished 6 chapters of the Administrative Code, proposed to amend 99 regulations and proposed to repeal 31 regulations.

Moreover, the New Jersey Register of proposed and adopted regulations was 3086 pages long at the close of 2010, less than two-thirds of the total 4846 pages at the close of 2009 and less than half of the 7020 page total at the close of 2008.

Legislation is also being passed to implement red-tape reforms. One of the Common Sense Principles from Executive Order No. 2 compelled agencies to adopt the “time of decision” rule, in which every permit or approval is governed by the rules in effect at the time of filing (unless explicitly provided otherwise.)

On May 5, 2010, Governor Christie signed S82 into law, requiring local governments to make decisions on development applications based on the local laws in force when the original application was submitted – in effect codifying “time of decision” at the local level.

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April 30, 2014
Red Tape Review
Commission Findings and Recommendations
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Word Doc (117mb)
March 2, 2012
NJ Department of State Permit Review Annual Report
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Word Doc (1,726kb)
February 8, 2012
Red Tape Review
Commission Report
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April 19, 2010
Red Tape Review Group Findings & Recommendations
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Word Doc (389kb)
March 23, 2010
Red Tape Review Group
Public Hearing
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Word Doc (301kb)
March 9, 2010
Red Tape Review Group
Public Hearing on Unfunded Local Mandates
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March 2, 2010
Red Tape Review Group Hearing
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Complaint / Suggestion Form