Can you bill me now? A new comptroller audit has found New Jersey state government wastes millions annually due to unused phone lines.
The audit found more than 19,000 phone lines, or nearly one in every six, should be disconnected because they go unused or are no longer needed.
As a result of the audit, state departments have disconnected or suspended each of the lines at an overall savings of more than $3.2 million annually.
The audit also found the state has been renewing some of its major telecommunications contracts for more than a decade without opening the contracts up to competition as required by law.
Comptroller Matt Boxer says the unused lines are examples of government waste that "don't get much clearer.''