No. 2 matters in historic first for New Jersey government
“WHO AM I? Why am I here?” Association, over the last quarter cen- ronment, infrastructure, education,
Those unforgettable words by tury, 28 lieutenant governors have health care system, etc.? Will they be
vice Adm. James B. Stockdale in succeeded to the highest office in Have a hard-hitting stance on a New Jersey business issue? If you are a independent voices for all New Jersey
1992 at the vice presidential debate their states. Odds are that New Jersey business or policy leader with a strong opinion, we want to hear from you. citizens, or constrained by the party
spurred many a chuckle and left could continue the pattern: the Gar- Please send op-ed proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org. line to repeat the gubernatorial can-
an inaccurate impression. In fact, den State has had seven governors didates’ positions? Simply put, will
they were intended to highlight the in Trenton in the last 10 years, not responsibilities and roles; the posi- Or, is this much ado about nothing? they be mavericks or messengers?
importance of the second-highest counting the hours or days that vari- tion will have no fiscal impact and you decide. We may gain a few insights Oct.
office in the land, as well as the back- ous attorneys general, transportation there are very few qualifications for What experiences are most 8, when the three major-party candi-
ground of an accomplished person commissioners or other state officials the office. Shouldn’t the people of important for this new position? Can dates for lieutenant governor debate
few knew despite being selected to served in the acting capacity. New Jersey weigh in? talents and experiences be trans- in a town hall-style format that will
run for vice president. In 2005, New Jersey voters In this $30 billion-plus corpora- lated into actions and results? be covered on the television, radio,
Here in New Jersey, we eager- approved a change to our state tion called the State of New Jersey, newspapers and Internet. We antici-
ly await our “Stockdale” moment constitution to replace the revolv- taxpayers are the stockholders who pate a spirited discussion. More
when, in January, we ing door of governance entrust our leaders with our future. In this $30 billion-plus cor- importantly, we hope for revealing
inaugurate our first with the elected position We have a right, as well as a respon- poration called the State moments that will help voters decide
lieutenant governor. of lieutenant governor. sibility, to know more about our lead- the direction of our state.
of New Jersey, taxpayers
No matter whom he or Many thought we should ers, as well as where they will take us. Before pulling the lever on Elec-
she may be, we’re in for provide an opportunity Will our lieutenant governor be are the stockholders who tion Day, think about these two ques-
a change. But are we for up-and-coming lead- an active member of the cabinet, or entrust our leaders with tions, and apply them to yourself:
prepared? ers to build experience, a caretaker who attends funerals and our future. We have a Who are you, and why are you here?
Who are Frank as well as visibility in a waits for “the call”? Will the position your choice for governor and lieuten-
right, as well as a respon-
Esposito, Kim Gua- statewide elected office. vary by inhabitant, or remain a con- ant governor is a reflection on what
dagno and Loretta To date, though, stant source of direction over the next sibility, to know more you hold most important. And, it’s a
Weinberg? Why are there is very little legisla- few decades? Are there critical chal- about our leaders, as well prescription for the future. Remem-
they there? Isn’t it Tom Dallessio tive or regulatory guid- lenges the lieutenant governor should as where they will take us. ber, you’re voting for two people.
enough that the candi- ance for the soon-to-be tackle, or should those be left to the And, in this case, No. 2 matters. u
dates picked them? After all, they’re successor to the governor. Although governor to decide? Is there a way -----------------------------------------
running as a team, and you only get the governor and legislature saw to reinvent government to create effi- And, perhaps most appropri- Tom Dallessio is executive director of
one vote for both positions. fit to determine when the candi- ciencies and save tax dollars, or will ate for NJBIZ readers, what are these Trenton-based Leadership New Jersey,
Why does it matter? According dates should debate, they have yet the newly created bureaucracy add to candidates saying about challenges which is hosting the state’s first lieuten-
to the National lieutenant Governors to describe the lieutenant governor’s existing fiscal and regulatory burdens. and solutions to our economy, envi- ant governor debate.
A distaste for any development deserve high p