July 27, 2007

Contracting in Jersey.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 6:57 pm

Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the Statehouse in Trenton.

One contractor is from New Jersey, another is from Tennessee and the third, is from Florida.

They go with a Statehouse official to examine the fence.

The Florida contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring, then works some figures with a pencil. “Well,” he says, “I figure the job will run about $900: $400 for materials, $400 for my crew and $100 profit for me.”

The Tennessee contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says, “I can do this job for $700: $300 for materials, $300 for my crew and $100 profit for me.”

The New Jersey contractor doesn’t measure or figure, but leans over to the Statehouse official and whispers, “$2,700.”

The official, incredulous, says, “You didn’t even measure like the other guys! How did you come up with such a high figure?”

The New Jersey contractor whispers back, “$1,000 for me, $1,000 for you, and we hire the guy from Tennessee to fix the fence.”

“Done!” replies the statehouse official.

And that’s pretty much how things go in Jersey.

This came from Usual Suspect Adie, but I took the liberty of changing it a bit. 🙂


  1. This is funny but I should be crying because it’s so true.

    Comment by Shamrock — July 27, 2007 @ 11:00 pm

  2. Pick any state. The outcome is the same.

    Comment by Dick — July 28, 2007 @ 10:03 am

  3. This is just like Pennsylvania except the fence is never fixed….that money is re-appropriated to fund some welfare recipient vote buying project.

    Comment by dudley1 — July 28, 2007 @ 11:08 am

  4. Sadly, this also happens in just about every other state in the nation and probably the federal government as well. What we really need in this country is a top to bottom clearing out of elected officials in this country. I for one am seriously considering voting against all incumbents in the upcoming elections.

    Comment by Kevin — July 28, 2007 @ 2:35 pm

  5. THAT is FUNNY!!
    Because, that is right.

    Comment by Joyce — July 28, 2007 @ 4:26 pm

  6. … Tennessee too…… gummints are crooked no matter which way you head… North, South, East, OR West….

    Comment by Eric — July 28, 2007 @ 5:51 pm

  7. I say eliminate all government officials and elect
    a king. That way we only have one hide to skin.

    Comment by Jersey Joe — July 29, 2007 @ 2:05 pm

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