Well, the reality is quite a bit different. In fact, the size of the executive staff is pretty much identical. Moreover, any difference in salaries is due entirely to the fact that Gov. Christie draws a salary while Gov. Corzine opted not to take a salary because of his wealth.
In an April 19 story about Gov. Chris Christie's payroll, The Associated Press reported erroneously that he is spending nearly $2 million more on salaries a year than did his predecessor, former Gov. Jon Corzine.
Treasury Department figures show the correct higher amount is about $440,000.
Because the AP had incomplete figures for all those on Corzine's payroll — some were paid by other departments but still worked for the governor — the AP also erroneously reported that twice as many people in Christie's office earn $100,000 or more than they did in Corzine's.
Treasury figures show 34 people making $100,000 or more in Christie's office, compared with 24 for Corzine in April 2009.
Corzine had a payroll of $8.43 million for 118 people, not $7 million, according to Treasury figures. Christie has 117 employees, including himself, with a payroll of $8.86 million per year. Unlike his multimillionaire predecessor, Christie collects the $175,000 salary allowed under the law.