Just A Thought
It's no great secret that the NJ budget is stuffed with all kinds of special interest grants, such as $100,000 for the Inner City Coordinating Council of the Gay and Lesbian Construction Organizers' BLT Educational Alliance (just kidding).
NJ could save hundreds of millions of dollars if we stop this nonsense, but the legislators are afraid to cut off their supporters. However, suppose we did in fact eliminate these payoffs across the board. Everyone gets cut off at the same time.
What are the odds that the current recipients would actually switch parties? Will the Democrats' traditional voting blocs start supporting the Republicans? Will any Republican recipients suddenly decide that Democratic policies are now more attractive?
I think both parties are afraid of a threat that doesn't exist. We should call the bluff.