A report out by the Star-Ledger shows a small group of New Jersey State Police troopers assigned to oversee New Jersey turnpike construction earned a combined $275,549 in overtime last year.
According to the report from The Star-Ledger, six of the nine troopers assigned to the squad were among the top 20 overtime earners in the division last year. The report indicates most increased their salaries by 50 percent or more with the work.
According to The Star-Ledger, the overtime is paid by the Turnpike Authority and commuters. Commuters on the Turnpike face a 53 percent increase in tolls, beginning January 1.
The Star-Ledger found this year, through September, seven of the squad’s troopers were among the top 22 overtime earners, tallying $264,313.
The decade-long program to widen the Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway cost $7 billion, according to The Star-Ledger. The program also included dozens of other improvement projects.