Monmouth County and New Jersey, as a whole, are overpopulated. But would you go as far as to say that some towns "need to go?"

New Jersey Advanced Media makes the case in an article that there are 25 towns in the Garden State that are unnecessary. Why get rid of them?

Easy, taxes.

The author of the post says:

It stands to reason that fewer public employees on the books would lower taxes in our woefully overtaxed state.

He's not entirely wrong. I'll let you be the judge. Check out the Monmouth towns that NJ.com thinks can go bye-bye.

SHREWSBURY TOWNSHIP (POP. 1,066)

'Township' is a very important distinction. NJ.com says:

Welcome to the smallest New Jersey municipality by land area: about one-tenth of a square mile squeezed between Tinton Falls and Shrewsbury Borough. When you hear someone mention Shrewsbury, it’s almost always the borough, not this little blip. New Jersey has a handful of township-versus-borough issues but this one is the most egregious. Eli Manning could almost throw a football across Shrewsbury Township — get rid of it.

LAKE COMO (POP. 1,463)

Why it needs to go: If you know the Jersey Shore, you know Lake Como comprises little more than a big pond, the sprawling party spot Bar Anticipation and a handful of residents who endlessly have to explain to friends that they don’t live in Belmar, the beachfront borough that surrounds them on three sides. Lake Como is almost Belmar — it even used to be South Belmar — just make it Belmar already.

LOCH ARBOUR (POP. 202)

Why it needs to go: I live at the Shore in Monmouth County and I reserve the right to believe that all beachfront property from Route 36 down to Convention Hall should just be considered Long Branch. That means no Deal, no Allenhurst, and definitely no Loch Arbour. Riding my bike, I cross through the fattest section of Loch Arbour in one minute flat. Any town where my rusty old Mongoose can make it through in 57 seconds doesn’t deserve its own government.

It's worth noting that there were no Ocean County towns in the 25 towns that need to go. See the entire list, here.

[source: NJ Advanced Media]

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