Pension Crisis

Double-Dipping Legislators Block NJ Pension Reform

Corrupt and esconced

|

Double-dipping by New Jersey public officials continues to thrive for one big reason: Too many legislators either directly profit or quietly condone a costly practice that drains untold millions from state pension funds.

New Jersey Watchdog found 17 state lawmakers who receive retirement checks totaling $726,000 a year in addition to their legislative salaries. The roster includes leaders of each party in both the Senate and Assembly.

The Assembly's roll of double-dippers features Deputy Speaker Connie Wagner, D-Paramus; Deputy Majority Leader Joseph Egan, D-New Brunswick; Majority Conference Leader Gordon Johnson, D-Teaneck; Minority Conference Leader David Rible, R-Wall Township; and Appropriations Officer John DiMaio, R-Bridgewater.