For those wondering why the government of New Jerseystan is so big, more evidence. Turns out many of the people’s representatives are also collecting another public paycheck:
TRENTON — About one in three state lawmakers received a second public paycheck last year, new disclosure reports show.
Of New Jersey’s 120 senators and Assembly members, at least 36 held a second publicly financed job. They worked as teachers, mayors, municipal prosecutors, police officers, school administrators and adjunct college professors….
The practice, has been criticized by Gov. Chris Christie, who wants all public workers — not just legislators — restricted to one public paycheck, except for those who are already retired from one job and receiving a pension. Public workers could still take other government jobs, elective or otherwise, but they’d only be able to earn a salary for one of them.
“You get one, that’s it,” said Michael Drewniak, a spokesman for Christie. “It would eliminate a lot of the people who make this their living for life.”