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N.J. Lawmakers keep double dipping

Monday, March 24, 2008

A new law is doing little to keep New Jersey lawmakers from doubling up their elected duties and the salaries and benefits that go with them.

Governor Corzine signed a ban on dual-office holding in September. Since then, the number of lawmakers who hold more than one office has actually increased - from 17 to 19. That's according to a report by The Star-Ledger of Newark.

  • The reason is that a grandfather clause allows any lawmaker holding two offices as of February 1st to keep both positions.

    Several new legislators who won their seats in November decided to keep their local posts while they still could. Senate: Dana Redd, D-Camden - Councilwoman, Camden Nicholas Sacco, D-Hudson<> - Mayor, North Bergen Paul Sarlo, D-Bergen - Mayor, Wood-Ridge Robert Singer, R-Ocean - Committeeman, Lakewood Brian Stack, D-Hudson - Mayor, Union City Stephen Sweeney, D-Gloucester - Freeholder, Gloucester County Assembly:
    John Burzichelli, D-Gloucester - Mayor, Paulsboro Ralph Caputo, D-Essex - Freeholder, Essex County
    Anthony Chiappone, D-Hudson - Councilman, Bayonnel Ronald Dancer, R-Ocean - Mayor, Plumsted Township
    Joseph Egan, D-Middlesex - Councilman, New Brunswick
    Elease Evans, D-Passaic - Freeholder, Passaic County
    John McKeon, D-Essex - Mayor, West Orange
    Paul Moriarty, D-Gloucester - Mayor, Washington

    Ruben Ramos, D-Hudson - Councilman, Hoboken
    Scott Rumana, R-Bergen - Mayor, Wayne
    Gary Schaer, D-Passaic - Councilman, Passaic
    Daniel Van Pelt, R-Ocean - Mayor, Ocean Township
    Joseph Vas, D-Middlesex - Mayor, Perth Amboy


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