Bills Target Double-Dip Loophole Available Only to Elected Officials
Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Morris, Hunterdon) that would prohibit the practice of elected officials taking their pension, while continuing to receive their salary in elected office from which they supposedly retired was passed by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee today.
“The law as it currently stands invites public officials, some of whom collect six figure taxpayer paid salaries for their service, to game the system and collect two public checks at the same time. This amounts to a serious breach of the public trust, ” Oroho stated. “Public service should be about getting something accomplished for the people you serve, not taking as much from the public treasury as you can.”
Senate bills 346 and 1875 apply to elected officials currently enrolled in either the Police and Fireman’s Retirement System (PFRS) and Public Employee Retirement System (PERS).
“Special loopholes available for elected officials is wrong and it certainly affects our residents’ negative view of all elected officials, ” Oroho continued. “These bills would end an unacceptable practice that exploits taxpayer dollars and risks the retirement future of rank and file public employees.”