NY Times Points Out the Obvious

Give the NY Times credit for pointing out the obvious:

While Ms. Weinberg and Mr. DiVincenzo took advantage of the same law, their cases are quite different. She is 76, an age at which Social Security, 401(k) plans and individual retirement accounts require people to collect pension payments, whether or not they are working. He is 58, not old enough to collect Social Security, or to withdraw money from any retirement accounts without penalties.

Mr. DiVincenzo is paid more than $153,000 a year for his full-time position, and his pension is almost $69,000 a year. The salary for Ms. Weinberg’s part-time job is $49,000, and her pension is about $36,000.

If you’re going to “take a bat” to Weinberg for numbers so small, I’d suggest using one made for whiffle ball.

Comments (9)

  1. Babs NJSD

    and King Christie says …”No pension for you”!

    I think ALL SENIORS should get this message from their elected “Governor”!

    All seniors should take a bat to this bully!

  2. bluescat1

    I have been posting all over the web for 2 days that the Legislature salary is only part time. My job is to point out to the rest of the country that he is not the hero that the Morning Joe crowd is promoting, and he is no friend of the middle class.

  3. Bertin Lefkovic

    Why not have a full-time legislature and pay them accordingly?  It might prevent electeds from using their “part-time” jobs to benefit their outside work.  She can correct me if I am wrong, but I think that if Senator Weinberg were paid $98K per year for the full-time work that she dedicates to all of the people of NJ, not only those in her district, I have a feeling that she wouldn’t be collecting a pension right now.

    Of course, doubling their legislative salaries and requiring that they receive no outside compensation, particularly from sources that from the average person’s perspective would appear to represent a clear conflict of interest, would represent a huge pay cut for most legislators, especially the most corrupt ones.  Getting legislators to give up the boondoggle that the state legislature is for most of them except for Loretta Weinberg and a scant few others would require electeds who were willing to legislate their own behavior.

    If we had that, the law that requires someone to live somewhere for at least a year before running for office there would also apply to state legislators and carpetbaggers like Reed Gusciora would have no choice but to run for re-election where they live, even if it might actually require them to compete in a contested election.


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