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New Jersey's Double Dippers

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A bill that would crack down on double-dipping by public employees appears to have stalled.

The bill by St. Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) that was supposed to get voted on this week to help stop double dipping never made it to committee.

“We have to look at reforms like this," Beck. "I think you will have legislatures stand back and say 'This is simply not right'. We can’t afford to be both paying out huge amounts to support the pension system when we’re giving out this generous benefit that frankly shouldn’t be legal.”

Double dipping is an age-old practice in New Jersey where people take a state-funded pension from one department, while still working another state job in another department or even the state legislature.

St. Assm. Alison Littell McHose (R-Sussex) says it’s hard to get reforms when the legislators are some of the biggest violators.

"Some of the committee chairs and powers-that-be that control the committee agendas are in this predicament where they, themselves, are double-dippers," McHose says.

There are currently 18 state legislators who are accepting pensions from various state departments and taking their legislative salary. Some of them even have a third state-issued check coming in.

The bill pushed by Beck and others call for an end to pension payment for those working in a new job where the pay is over $15,000 until true retirement when the pension can resume.

The system means some law enforcement officials in New Jersey make more money than the governor.

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