A Letter from Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno

On September 23, 2010, as Acting Governor, I signed Executive Order No. 41, creating a permanent, bi-partisan Red Tape Review Commission.  The Governor asked me to lead the Commission, directing State agencies to reduce the excess burden of government regulation that is borne by every worker, consumer, business, and local government in our State.   The steady but enormous progress we have made over the last 8 years to improve the way our State regulates has been one of my proudest achievements.   

Now I know President Reagan once said “the nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”  And while that may hold true in some cases, it’s clear the Red Tape Review Commission has proven to be one way government is on your side, bringing a systemic cultural change to Trenton.  In conjunction with the Executive Branch and the Legislature, we have worked together collaboratively to achieve regulatory restraint and improve New Jersey’s regulatory process, eliminating over four-thousand pages of burdensome red tape, while promoting job creation, job retention, economic growth, and investment in New Jersey.  As Acting Governor, I was particularly proud to sign the non-profit raffle bill (A-1883/S-1941), which increased the value threshold from $50 to $200 for non-profits seeking to obtain a license to conduct a raffle; as well to sign A-3509/S-2279, which dissolved the State Museum’s Board of Trustees, making the Museum an official Department division, thus reducing red tape and increasing government efficiency in my own Department of State.  The work of the Commission has also inspired legislation on a range of issues; from the revision of state incorporation rules, to the issuing of liquor licenses, to the elimination of Executive Branch Boards and Commissions.

However, you wouldn’t believe some of the archaic regulation we inherited.  How about permitting a stallion or bull to run at large?  Or one of my personal favorites?  The requirement for a driver to use an audible warning when passing a vehicle on the road.  In our State, one can only imagine the ways a Jersey driver would interpret this requirement.  It’s my guess that honking or yelling at a fellow driver was probably not the Legislative intent!  You can’t make this stuff up, and it’s now gone.

Later this week, on September 7, the Red Tape Review Commission will convene at Rider University to seek invaluable input from the regulated community, impacted businesses, substantive experts, entrepreneurs, and all manner of citizens whose ideas will inform our collective efforts in the weeks and months to come.  I am honored to serve the people of New Jersey in this endeavor, and look forward to building on the great progress we have made to date. 

Kim Guadagno
Lt. Governor

Under the Lt. Governor’s leadership, over four-thousand pages of red tape have been eliminated
Under the Lt. Governor’s leadership, over four-thousand pages of red tape have been eliminated


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