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(TRENTON) – Assemblyman Paul Moriarty on Friday questioned how Gov. Chris Christie could justify spending $60,000 annually on a New York resident whose main job will be to post on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Moriarty noted Christie is doing this while he also seeks to cut funding for schools, the disabled, the poor and job creation programs. He called on Christie to reverse his decision.

“Hard-working New Jerseyans struggle daily to make ends meet,” said Moriarty (D-Gloucester/Camden). “It takes just a few seconds to post on Twitter or Facebook. New Jerseyans do it all the time without paying someone $60,000 with taxpayer money. This is unnecessary, especially in these difficult economic times.”

Gannett has been reporting how Christie has hired a New York resident for $60,000 per year to handle his Twitter, Facebook and YouTube postings. It reported that Christie appears to be the first New Jersey governor to hire someone solely to do work on his behalf such as social networking.

“I know many elected officials who post their own original thoughts on the Internet without using taxpayer money to pay an out-of-state resident,” Moriarty said.
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