New Jersey Rules


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.”

There are 7 comments.

  1. Inactive

    That was always Tony Soprano’s dream. Find the way to make stealing the money technically legal.

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    • June 1, 2011 at 8:07 am
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  2. Inactive

    This is utterly ridiculous and is getting more like the failed state of Greece, and parts of Italy, where many on the public payroll fail to turn up, but have a full-time job on the side.

    How many public servants has Gov. Christie actually reduced in his term of office?Not the excellent questioning Christie conducts on youtube townhall meetings, not proposals for reduction in numbers, nor reduction in benefits; but actual reduction in the number of State employees? The number I suspect will disappoint many.

    You can’t shrink the size and the reach of government, until the ugly task of closing programs and sacking employees occurs.

    (Also stay out of the helicopter when going to family sports days please Gov.)

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    • June 1, 2011 at 8:26 am
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    Not only are many double-dipping, many have three or four government jobs at once. They must be superhuman.

    I remember back in the 1970s my uncle, a police captain, was fighting the corruption in our small Hudson County town. The salaries of local officials were published in the local paper to shake voters up, and the one that stuck in my mind was the fellow who coordinated the traffic lights in town. He also had two other government jobs and his annual salary exceeded $200,000 — a fortune in my blue collar town. This man had never graduated from high school.

    All the officials had shore houses.

    The most common pratice today is rewarding officials like Board of Ed members approaching retirement age, who make a modest salary of less than $10K a year, with a cushy position in the county water commission that pays close to $100K a year. (Nobody who has been appointed to these jobs has a background that would remotely qualify them.) Then they stay for three years and their pension calculation uses the time served at the low paying job applied to the last three years at the high paying job.

    What a scam!

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    • June 1, 2011 at 8:37 am
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    Bill McGurn Post author

    Of course, the old mayor of Jersey City had a desk — which I believe still exists — in which the top drawer slid out to whomever was sitting in front (like the old drive through bank teller windows) so he could drop some cash in the drawer.

    Tallyrand, you have insulted Greeks everywhere by comparing their nation to New Jersey.

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    • June 1, 2011 at 9:16 am
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  5. Inactive

    Growing up in North Bergen, I was always puzzled by the fact that our mayor, Nicholas J. Sacco, was also our school superintendent, and our state senator, and the principal of a nearby elementary school. Where does he find the time?

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    • June 2, 2011 at 12:23 pm
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  6. Inactive

    Jersey City mayors are only topped in corruption by Harrison’s late mayor, Frank E. Rodgers. He made the Guinness Book of World Records by serving 48 years as mayor, while simultaneously being a Freeholder, commissioner for the NJ Turnpike Authority, Racing Commission, NJ Highway Authority, state senator, etc. etc. etc. etc……Rodgers learned the ropes from Jersey City legend Frank “I Am the Law” Hague. When he occasionally hit a pedestrian while driving impaired in his big Lincoln, the pedestrian would suddenly find a family member qualifying to be on the police force or in another town job.

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    • June 2, 2011 at 12:24 pm
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    How dare you doubt the dedication and unique qualifications of Nicholas Sacco. He, like many of his NJ political chums, is superhuman.

    Next you’ll be complaining about the number of NJ politicians collecting pensions from a prison cell. Or running their charitable foundations, which only employ their family members, from those prison cells.

    These men are very, very, very special. You just wouldn’t be able to understand.

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    • June 2, 2011 at 12:29 pm
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