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The Chrisco Administration has a pension problem

Posted by WillD on Wed May 16 02:23:19 2012

Typical Republican 'Do as I say, not as I do' crap.

Gov. Christie's pension issue: N.J. probe looks at running mate, double-dipping

The most relevant part:

The Guadagno controversy
While Madden and others profit from loopholes in pension rules, the circumstances surrounding Christie's second-in-command raise questions of fraud and deception.

Guadagno was elected sheriff of Monmouth County in 2007. She previously worked as an assistant U.S. attorney and as an assistant New Jersey attorney general. From 1998 to 2001, Guadagno served as deputy director of the DCJ — the unit now assigned to investigate the case in which she's a major figure.

In 2008, Guadagno hired Michael Donovan Jr., a retired investigator for the county prosecutor, as the sheriff’s “chief of law enforcement division.” She announced the appointment in a memo to her staff.

But there was a problem. As a sheriff's chief officer — a position covered by the pension system — Donovan would be required to stop receiving pension checks and resume contributions to the state retirement fund.

Guadagno fudged the job title, so Donovan could double-dip. In county payroll records, the oath of office and a news release, Donovan was called the sheriff's "chief warrant officer" — a low-ranking position exempt from the pension system.

A chief warrant officer oversees the service of warrants and other legal documents. In contrast, the sheriff's official website identified Donovan as "sheriff's officer chief," supervising 115 subordinate officers and 30 civilian employees.

On Guadagno’s organizational chart, Donovan was listed as chief of law enforcement — and the position of chief warrant officer was conspicuously absent.

The ruse allowed Donovan to collect an $87,500 salary from Monmouth County in addition to an $85,000 pension as a retired county employee.
So to sum up for those who read the full article, the Chrisco administration has punished thousands of hardworking NJ state employees for doing their jobs with dedication and efficacy. In so doing he has further decreased the probability anything remotely approximating the state's best or brightest will choose public service as their career and thus has doomed the state to flounder further in the morass of incompetent leadership. Meanwhile he's done nothing to address the problem and has in fact ensured that the double dippers are protected. And to make matters worse his Lieutenant Governor lied to help another former state employee gather another pension.

That's not to say there aren't Democrats who double dip, but they aren't punishing the state's employees while claiming to fix a problem they have not addressed because to do so would expose the corruption within their administration.

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