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N.J. "Douple-dippers" growing by double digits [Up to 10 jobs by Gov't 'civil servants']
APP.com ^ | April 11. 2008 | Bob Ingle

Posted on 04/13/2008 5:14:03 PM PDT by Swanks

A Gannett New Jersey study finds the number of government employees with two or more public jobs that paid more than $100,000 together swelled by 20 percent last year.

Those multiple job holders had a collective salary of $107.8 million. My colleague James W. Prado Roberts reports there were 6,271 multiple job holders including one woman who had 12 jobs.

Sen. Stephen Sweeney asks "Is it really right for part-time workers to be in the pension system?" Does the question really have to be asked?

To take a look at the double-dippers click here....

http://php.app.com/NJpublicemployees/results2.php


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: corruption; cultureofcorruption; democratscandals; employees; handout; mostcorruptstate; nj; otherpeoplesmoney; ratstate; starkravingsocialism; trenton
To take a look at the double-dippers click here....

http://php.app.com/NJpublicemployees/results2.php

1 posted on 04/13/2008 5:14:04 PM PDT by Swanks
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To: Swanks

This is only accounts for those dumb enough to use the same name and social on the payroll.


2 posted on 04/13/2008 5:19:32 PM PDT by bluedressman
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To: Swanks
Click Here
3 posted on 04/13/2008 5:19:56 PM PDT by AndrewB
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To: Swanks

Wow!!
N.J. should be recognized as the state with the hardest working civil servants. /s


4 posted on 04/13/2008 5:20:45 PM PDT by Fox_Mulder77
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To: Swanks
Carlos Mencia on yobs
5 posted on 04/13/2008 5:24:13 PM PDT by infantrywhooah (Hold your nose and vote in November. Even McCain is better than the alternatives)
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To: Fox_Mulder77
This is a recent example of some 'civil servant' who took it to the next step. Landed a 20 hr a week job for $95,000 per year.

He refused to show up for work because his agreement did not state he had appear in person.

Lived in a $900,000 house in Florida. Retired in his late 40's.

6 posted on 04/13/2008 5:26:56 PM PDT by Swanks
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To: Swanks

gannett NJ  Multiple-job holders in 2007

MURRAY   DAMIAN G BEACHWOOD BOROUGH  $25,170  $301,826 
Public Employees (PERS) 
MURRAY   DAMIAN G ISLAND HEIGHTS BOROUGH  $10,788  $301,826 
Public Employees (PERS) 
MURRAY   DAMIAN G LACEY TOWNSHIP  $54,000  $301,826 
Public Employees (PERS) 
MURRAY   DAMIAN G LAKEHURST BOROUGH  $19,996  $301,826 
Public Employees (PERS) 
MURRAY   DAMIAN G LITTLE EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP  $44,362  $301,826 
Public Employees (PERS) 
MURRAY   DAMIAN G SEASIDE HEIGHTS BOROUGH  $53,000  $301,826 
Public Employees (PERS) 
MURRAY   DAMIAN G STAFFORD TOWNSHIP  $41,728  $301,826 
Public Employees (PERS) 
MURRAY   DAMIAN G TOMS RIVER TOWNSHIP  $52,782  $301,826 
Public Employees (PERS) 
KERWIN   EDWARD L BEDMINSTER TOWNSHIP  $67,554  $270,486 
Public Employees (PERS) 
KERWIN   EDWARD L BERNARDSVILLE BORO  $21,264  $270,486 
Public Employees (PERS) 

Next Last

Records 1 to 10 of 2093

* Salary is estimate and could be higher due to retroactive pay.New Search

7 posted on 04/13/2008 5:51:26 PM PDT by Leisler
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To: Swanks

The Sheriff in my town did exactly this. Retired, got his 80k pension, ran as Sheriff again, gets 110k salary. 190K just for signing a paper that said he retired. Nice gig if you can get it.

It’s ridiculous.


8 posted on 04/13/2008 5:53:25 PM PDT by Malsua
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To: Leisler
MURRAY G DAMIAN gets in 2007, $301,826.

Of course, " Salary is estimate and could be higher due to retroactive pay"

9 posted on 04/13/2008 5:53:53 PM PDT by Leisler
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To: Malsua

Happy Tax Day!


10 posted on 04/13/2008 5:54:40 PM PDT by Leisler
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To: Swanks
Prado Roberts reports there were 6,271 multiple job holders including one woman who had 12 jobs.

"Only 12 jobs? Ya lazy lima bean."

11 posted on 04/13/2008 5:58:14 PM PDT by dfwgator (11+7+15=3 Heismans)
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To: Swanks

The ranks of highly paid double dippers — government employees with two or more public jobs that paid more than $100,000 together — swelled by 20 percent last year, despite calls to end the practice, Gannett New Jersey has found.

A review of pension enrollment data found that:

A total of 853 highly paid double dippers were in the state’s largest public employee retirement fund last year, an increase of 20 percent from 2006 to 2007.

Those same multiple-job holders had a collective salary of $107.8 million, also up 20 percent from 2006. They held an average of 2.8 jobs each and had an average pay of $126,000 in 2007. All totaled, there were 6,271 multiple-job holders — including one woman with 12 jobs — pulling down $354 million in salaries.

Although the total number of government jobs — municipal, county, state, school, police and fire department — held steady at 464,000 from 2006 to 2007, the total base salaries rose 3.7 percent to $22.8 billion — equal to nearly half of all state and local tax money collected last year.

To view salaries for all employees, and a searchable list of multiple-job holders, visit www.DataUniverse.com and click on “What’s New.” DataUniverse is the Asbury Park Press’ public records site on the Web.

Gannett New Jersey has found numerous examples over the years of independent contractors, mostly lawyers, receiving far better government pension benefits than full-time government employees. By cobbling together multiple part-time posts, some multiple-job holders can amass an annual public salary that eclipses the amount New Jersey governors are entitled to under state law.

And with higher salaries come higher pension payments upon retirement.

Take Damian G. Murray, the highest paid multiple-job holder in the state last year, according to pension records. He also keeps a private law office.

A municipal court judge for eight Ocean County municipalities, his total taxpayer-funded pay was $301,826. The chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court is paid $212,100.

When Murray, 59, retires from government service, his final pension will be based on the average of his highest three salaries. That could qualify him for a pension of about $150,000 a year, according to the pension payment formula.

Murray did not return calls for comment, but he has said in the past that he works around the clock, and is always on call to set bail for suspects and review warrants.

Examining pay, benefits

Double dipping is a practice that is increasingly drawing the attention of state lawmakers.

“That’s ridiculous — it really is,” said state Sen. Stephen M. Sweeney, D-Gloucester, of Murray’s eight part-time jobs. “Honestly, it’s a way of getting away with pensions for part-time employees. We need to look at: Is it really right for part-time workers to be in the pension system?”

Sweeney, the Senate majority leader, said he believes that lawmakers this year will closely examine government employee pay and benefits.

“I think you are going to see a lot of legislators starting to step forward and talking about this kind of stuff,” Sweeney said. “It’s a much more crowded platform of people who want to talk about this, Republicans and Democrats.”

Gov. Corzine has cut state workers by 2,000 since taking office in 2006, and he wants to reduce the 68,000 state workers by another 3,000 in his proposed 2008-09 budget.

In February, Corzine asked members of the public to submit ideas on how to cut the cost of state government. But, based on the responses of more than 1,500 residents who e-mailed the governor, the public feels he hasn’t gone far enough.

Many wrote that they felt government pay and benefits remain excessive.

“Most importantly . . . CUT, CUT, CUT, CUT GOVERNMENT SPENDING AND THE DOUBLE & TRIPLE DIPPING OF PENSIONS!!” wrote Matthew J. Guiro, a 35-year-old mortgage banker from Brick.

In Stafford, one of the eight municipalities where Murray presides, his contract requires him to hold court a minimum of 43 days a year. At a 2007 salary of $41,728, that’s just under $1,000 a day.

“I can see people saying, can you hold eight part-time jobs?” said Carl W. Block, himself a multiple-job holder as Stafford mayor and Ocean County clerk. “That’s a fair point, and Damian is going to have to answer that question.”

Gerard J. Meara, executive director of the AFSCME Council 73, which represents 11,000 government workers in New Jersey, said he opposed judges and others who accrue such high pensions based on many part-time jobs.

“That type of person really isn’t an employee; they jump from one municipality to the other,” he said. “With the pension being underfunded, as it is, any negative impact such as that is a concern to our members.”

The government employee with the most jobs in the pension systems is Mary E. Bakey, who held a dozen positions with school boards in Camden and Burlington counties last year. Her total reported base pay last year was $64,235.

Bakey specializes in the niche position of “Treasurer of School Funds,” which, under state law dating to at least 1903, all school boards must have.

The job is to double-check what, in nearly all cases, the school business office has already done: reconcile the district’s bank accounts. The law predates school business administrators, electronic funds transfers and book-balancing computer software.

“It’s another set of eyes looking over your books,” said Joanne Clement, the school business administrator for the Clementon Board of Education in Camden County. Clementon hired Bakey two years ago, and paid her $1,750 in 2007.

Bakey could not be reached for comment.

To reduce school costs, Assemblyman Declan J. O’Scanlon Jr., R-Monmouth, has proposed a bill that would make the treasurer’s job optional. Both the New Jersey School Boards Association and the New Jersey Association of School Business Officials support the bill.


12 posted on 04/13/2008 6:09:20 PM PDT by Leisler
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To: Swanks

BUSH’S FAUL...um,um what was the topic of this thread again?


13 posted on 04/13/2008 6:17:24 PM PDT by Merta (They Call Me The Ranting Man)
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To: Leisler

What are the chances that Damian G. Murray is a Democrat?


14 posted on 04/13/2008 6:32:57 PM PDT by Hoodat (Bull Moose Party Member)
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To: Hoodat

William G. Dressel, executive director of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities, said pension and benefits costs for local police, firefighters and municipal workers is helping to keep property taxes among the highest in the nation.

“In many cases, it’s too late (for reform),” Dressel said. “The police and fire system is one of the richest that exist in the nation. The teachers system is one of the most generous. It’s indicative of the powerful interest groups they represent.”


15 posted on 04/13/2008 6:36:48 PM PDT by Leisler
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To: Leisler

Where do I sign up for this? Sheesh!


16 posted on 04/13/2008 7:10:20 PM PDT by RockinRight (Supreme Court Justice Fred Thompson. The next best place for Fred.)
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To: AndrewB

Is information about party affiliation available?


17 posted on 04/13/2008 7:40:35 PM PDT by incredulous joe
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To: RockinRight

Rockin,

This is in my old state Jersey, but I’d bet the farm the program has long since been piloted here in Maryland; probably under Spendening, certainly under Owe Malley!


18 posted on 04/13/2008 7:43:45 PM PDT by incredulous joe
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To: Swanks

Ping.


19 posted on 04/13/2008 7:44:27 PM PDT by elkfersupper
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To: RockinRight

Start by writing checks to your local Democrat. What goes around, comes around.


20 posted on 04/13/2008 8:28:10 PM PDT by Leisler
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To: Swanks

Socialism sure pays off for the socialists.


21 posted on 04/13/2008 8:52:25 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("The land of the Free...Because of the Brave")
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To: Swanks

I left NJ 2 years ago for this reason-—NJ is on the path to financial implosion.

Corzine and all the King’s men are not going to be able to repair it.

People with assets are fleeing NJ, and being replaced by illegal aliens.

In other words:producers are leaving, and takers are replacing them. a mini Atlas Shrugged, if you will.

NJ is a beautiful state, it really is. It has everything from beaches to mountains to forests and farms, history and culture.

But the politicos of both parties have raped it financially, and the long delayed consequences are coming home to roost with a vengeance.

My advice to those still in the Garden State: leave and don’t look back. There is life after NJ.

A better life.


22 posted on 04/13/2008 9:02:23 PM PDT by exit82 (People get the government they deserve. And they are about to get it--in spades.)
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To: Swanks

Bump for when I have more time to go through all the records - Greystone Park Psychiatric seems to be providing a nice slush fund for paying off the political cronies......


23 posted on 04/13/2008 9:13:35 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: Swanks
This may or may not be breaking news to other FReepers, but it is certainly not breaking news to me. I live for right now in the Democratic People's Republic of NJ. I know the New World Order very well:

Politicians

Unions

Environmentalists

Liberal Media

Homosexuals

Illegal Immigrants

Criminals

Terrorists

IV Drug Users

Mentally Retarded

Transvestites

Military

Private Property Owners

Unborn Children

Christians

Gun Owners

Smokers

Taxpayers

24 posted on 04/13/2008 9:32:22 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084 (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms shouldn't be a federal agency...it should be a convenience store.)
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To: Swanks

wait till they start counting the ones whose address is in the nearest garden state cemetery that are still on the “double dip” payroll...


25 posted on 04/13/2008 9:57:52 PM PDT by JohnLongIsland
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To: Shuttle Shucker

revolving door ping


26 posted on 04/14/2008 12:40:37 AM PDT by anymouse
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To: exit82

My Aunt went from $8,000 a year property taxes for an 1,100 square foot home to $0 property taxes for a 2,000 square foot home in Mississippi (which doean’t tax seniors).


27 posted on 04/14/2008 2:35:43 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (McCain could never convince me to vote for him. Only Hillary or Obama can!)
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To: bluedressman

“This is only accounts for those dumb enough to use the same name and social on the payroll.”

What are you trying to say, that these people should hide this?
New Jersey, with Pride. The State that keeps on doing!

The Sopranos are pikers compared to these people.


28 posted on 04/14/2008 3:39:56 AM PDT by romanesq
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To: Swanks

I want to know how to GET ONE government job! I tried from 1970-1980 and gave up. Of course I am a white male.

I did get one answer from one application, where I lied about my race.


29 posted on 04/14/2008 3:45:30 AM PDT by MrPiper
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To: bluedressman

Frightening.


30 posted on 04/14/2008 6:21:11 AM PDT by hkusp40 (NJ: The Laboratory of failed social experiments.)
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To: Hoodat
"What are the chances that Damian G. Murray is a Democrat?

It's New Jersey. I bet they all are.

31 posted on 04/14/2008 8:15:19 AM PDT by Spunky (You are free to make choices, but not free from the consequences)
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To: MrPiper

Did you choose ‘none of the above?’ That scores you higher on the PC list.


32 posted on 04/14/2008 8:39:40 AM PDT by romanesq
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

Reagan got rid of double-dipping Federal employees. It could be done in NJ...have to raise him from the dead, though.


33 posted on 04/14/2008 10:08:31 AM PDT by lilyred (In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. MLK)
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To: Eric Blair 2084

Exactly.

The pyramid is inverted. Not a stable configuration at all.


34 posted on 04/14/2008 11:52:36 AM PDT by LomanBill (A bird flies because the right wing opposes the left.)
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To: exit82

I agree, I am an ex-NJ guy and loved the state but got taxed out of it. The Torricelli debacle was the last straw for me.


35 posted on 04/14/2008 12:20:58 PM PDT by Dmitry Vukicevich (Pray for the Serbs because even Bush believes the idiocy.)
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To: Swanks
SPECIAL COVERAGE: How N.J. got into $9B pension mess
Feds criticize NJ state, fed environment officials over toxic sites
NJ reps lead charge against offshore drilling
Federal housing agency orders Paterson to repay $700,000 (NJ)
[NJ] Passaic, County loses $1M grant

36 posted on 06/23/2008 1:41:04 PM PDT by Coleus (Abortion and Physician-assisted Murder (aka-Euthanasia), Don't Democrats just kill ya?)
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