Interesting conversation going on here in comments – promoted by Rosi
I saw on NJN tonight that Governor Christie is proposing a law that would make it illegal for a citizen to receive more than two public paychecks. On the surface (as with everthing else the governor proposes)it does not seem unreasonable. There are politicians out there who may be state legislators, a mayor, and maybe hold some type of full time county gig that could crank up an income to over 200k. There are abuses out there – no doubt about it.
On the other hand, to propose a law that would make it illegal for a teacher, fire fighter, or cop to be employed in one town and be a paid elected official (town council, school board, legislature, ect..) in another seems crazy. There is no reason why a teacher,cop, or fireman making 50-100k should be ineligible to receive compensation for an 5 or 10k elected position. The teachers time and experience is just as valuable as anybody in the private sector. Why don’t we make a law that says anyone who donates to a campaign is not eligible to receive a job in government? What about a lawyer who acts as an municipal attorney in 6 towns and then goes home at night to be the mayor in his own town?
Public employees know how the system works which creates a problem for politicans (like Christie) who sell kool aid. This is another attack on labor and politicians like Joe Cryan who remain a thorn in the governor’s flaccid thigh.
Most of the abuses could be curtailed through pension reform. This is probaly more talk by Christie to fire some more thunder at unions to deflect his own failures and hide his true agenda. This would be a real income loss for a lot of Dems, I suspect it won’t go anywhere. If it does, it will result in more lawsuits that will overturn the law.