N.J. studies impact of eliminating “double dipping”

    Efforts are underway to determine the potential impact of New Jersey Governor Christie’s proposal that all local, county and state officials get only one public salary.

    Efforts are underway to determine the potential impact of New Jersey Governor Christie’s proposal that all local, county and state officials get only one public salary.

    Treasury Department spokesman Andy Pratt says pension records are being examined to see just how many officials in New Jersey get more than one government salary.

    “Our preliminary examination of this indicates that there’s more than six thousand,” he said. “But we’ve got to go back and review that data and look at it more closely to be sure.”

    Pratt says he’s not sure how much money could be saved until legislation is drafted to advance the Governor’s proposal.

    League of Municipalities executive director Bill Dressel is concerned about applying the one salary limitation on part-time certified professionals such as tax collectors and finance directors who work for several small towns. He says limits could be placed on the pension credits those workers receive without hurting municipalities’ efforts to share services.

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