The state of New Jersey has been in a declining economic situation for some time. The gaming industry has fallen on hard times, jobs are still moving overseas, and the effects of storm Sandy are still being felt.
Budget cuts are a large factor in Republican Governor Chris Christie's strategy to rebuild the state's economy. With this in mind, it has been noted that, with their Governor having been away from the state throughout this year campaigning for the presidency, the state might very well be able to do without his presence at all. His absence has not adversely affected the basic running of state governance and, in fact, things may actually be running more smoothly without him. People are nicer to each other. There are less fistfights in the legislature. Overall life has improved.
It has recently been proposed in the state senate to eliminate the office of Governor altogether and to require Christie to refund his salary of this year to date (plus expenses), since he has not been available to do the job he is being paid to do, anyway.
Seems reasonable. Why pay for something you're not getting?