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Republicans Urge Approval Of Pension Bill

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. August 27, 2013

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Some Republican lawmakers are urging the Democrat-controlled New Jersey legislature to approve a measure that would prevent lobbyists from collecting state pensions.

The bill would eliminate eligibility in the pension system for employees of the New Jersey School Boards Association, the League of Municipalities, and the Association of Counties who have less then ten years of service.

One of the sponsors of the legislation, Senator Steve Oroho, says lobbyists should not be in the pension plan.

 “This is something where the taxpayer is paying for it, but they’re not receiving any direct benefit out of the employment status of the person who is receiving the benefit.”

Republican Assemblywoman Allison McHose is another of the bill’s sponsors. She says she doesn’t know how much money this would actually save.

 “It will be significant in the sense that every dollar that we save, and every dollar that can assured to be going to the state employees who have paid into the system and are expecting those benefits when they retire, that that pension will be there for them.”

The Republicans are hoping the bill will be passed before the end of the legislative session. It’s been stalled in the legislature since it was introduced in February of last year.

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