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New Jersey Officials Look Into Cutting Back Official Car Fleet

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By David Madden

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – There’s a move to trim the number of cars used by New Jersey state employees.

Cape May County State Senator Jeff Van Drew wants to study the idea with the goal of cutting New Jersey’s 9,000 official car fleet in half over a five year period.

“This is not forcing people to use their own vehicles, who work for the state. What it is about is determining if there are ways that we can share vehicles within the motor vehicle fleet more.”

Or perhaps lease the cars instead of own them. The move would exclude state police cars as well as those used for emergency services, construction and gaming enforcement.

Van Drew’s proposal was set for a committee vote this past week, but it was held after unions expressed concern. He remains confident it will get to a full senate vote at some point.