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10 Ways to Protect Your Government Fiefdom

By Flynn McRoberts - 2013-10-29T13:55:37Z

Photograph by Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

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10. Ignore the Prophet

Location: Bergen County, New Jersey

The late New Jersey assembly speaker Alan Karcher wrote the book on the irrationality of his state's excessive local government. Bergen County has the most towns of any county in New Jersey, with 70. His work, "New Jersey's Municipal Madness," described the political and personal agendas that spawned the 566 Garden State municipalities he counted in 1998. Since then, that number has plummeted -- by one. 

Series:Small Government, Big Dollars