Pork! According to a published report, lame duck Governor David Paterson is blowing the state's money on New Jersey. Or actually, giving $5 million to the New York/New Jersey Super Bowl XLVIII Host Committee. The $16.7 million in total spending was also approved by State budget director Robert Megna on November 30th, but everyone is still angry because of the $315 million (or $1 billion) budget gap etc. Elizabeth Lynam of the nonpartisan Citizens Budget Commission said the Governor "has lost the moral high ground by spending this money on member items."
As well as the superbowl funds, Paterson gave $250,000 to the Achilles Track Club, half a million to Chess in Schools, and $500,000 each to the Jewish Children's Museum and the Parrish Art Museum. And Paterson's administrators say it's not even that bad; governors are given about $30 million a year to spend, so he's being pretty conservative. But couldn't that money have been used to keep almost 900 state employees from being laid off? Assemblyman Micah Kellner says the spending is "pretty par for the course for this governor—do as I say, not as I do." And seriously, chess? Nerd.