State of New Jersey
Executive Order #17

Governor Christine Todd Whitman

WHEREAS, saving tax dollars without compromising the availability and quality of State services is a cornerstone of this Administration; and

WHEREAS, State government must identify and pursue innovative methods of achieving these goals; and

WHEREAS, privatization, through reliance on private enterprise, market forces and competition for providing public services, may be one alternative by which to save tax dollars and maintain, and possibly improve, State services; and

WHEREAS, a comprehensive study should be conducted to analyze the feasibility of prudent privatization of selected government services and evaluate the potential consequences of such privatization;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, CHRISTINE TODD WHITMAN, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:

1. There is hereby established the New Jersey Advisory Commission on Privatization, hereinafter referred to as the Commission.

2. The Commission shall consist of a chairperson and four (4) other members appointed by the Governor.

3. The Commission shall: (1) conduct a review of existing feasibility studies and actual experiences of governments that have initiated privatization efforts; (2) evaluate the advantages and disadvantages associated with privatization generally; (3) conduct a feasibility study of New Jersey State government, including a cost-benefit and implementation analysis, to identify those areas where privatization would result in cost savings and quality improvements; and (4) propose appropriate and beneficial methods of implementing privatization in this State.

4. The Commission shall periodically report to the Governor and shall issue its recommendations in writing by December 31, 1994.

5. The Commission is authorized to call upon any department, office, division, or agency of this State to supply it with data and other information, personnel or assistance it deems necessary to discharge its duties under this Order. Each department, officer, division or agency of this State is hereby required, to the extent not inconsistent with law, to cooperate with the Commission and to furnish it with such information, personnel and assistance as is necessary to accomplish the purpose of this Order. The Attorney General, or her designee, shall act as legal counsel to the Commission.

6. This Order shall take effect immediately.

GIVEN, under my hand and seal,
this 18th day of April in the Year of
Our Lord, One Thousand Nine
Hundred and Ninety-Four and of the
Independence of the United States,
the Two Hundred and Eighteenth.

Christine Todd Whitman


Michael P. Torpey
Deputy Chief Counsel to the Governor