Senator Steve Oroho (R-24) issued the following statement today after the Senate passed S-2937, comprehensive pension reform legislation. Included in the bill is a provision that will prevent elected officials from collecting two public checks at the same time for the same job.
“Since my first days in the Senate I have been pushing to close a loophole in our state’s pension system where elected officials may collect a pension, while continuing to receive a salary in the same elected office from which they supposedly retired. I believe that on pension reform, we, as elected officials, must lead by example or we lack credibility.
“This clearly is an issue that strikes at the heart of public trust because it is a highly egregious example of self dealing when you consider that only elected officials are able to retire from the public pension system while continuing to hold, and be compensated for serving in, the same public position.
“I am pleased that a provision ending this loophole was included in the larger context of the comprehensive pension reform proposal passed by the Senate today and I look forward to its passage in the Assembly and being signed into law by the Governor.”