Gov. Chris Christie recently appeared on NJ 101.5 FM taking a side on the Taylor Ham versus pork roll debate. “It’s Taylor Ham, egg, and cheese. I just declared it right now,” Christie said on his radio show last month. “I may do an executive order on this. It’s Taylor Ham, egg, and cheese. Of course it is.”
Christie has issued 206 executive orders since taking office in 2010. This puts him at an average of 34.3 executive orders per year. His total is the second highest of any NJ governor since 1947. The only governor to surpass him was Thomas Kean who issued 226 orders during his eight years in office from 1982 to 1990.
Christie’s orders have dealt with issues like pension reform, Sandy recovery efforts, housing opportunity, privatization, and higher education. The orders created 12 task forces for purposes like “educator effectiveness,” addiction treatment, “Ebola Virus Disease Joint Response Team,” and recidivism reduction. A total of 98 orders have concerned flying flags at half staff; 23 declared a state of emergency (including fiscal emergency); and 12 rescinded or modified other executive orders.