In fairness it’s not just New Jersey. It happens all the time all over the country, and though legal (in most cases), still basically constitutes theft from the taxpayer. New Jersey, land of unionized gas pumpers and Tony Soprano just happens to be particularly bad.
Cory Booker, Newark’s mayor and all around rising Democrat star, just rehired his driver after said driver retired with a “disability” pension. It took less than a month. With the disability pension and his salary the Friend of Booker makes $143,000 per year.
It’s legal graft. It’s theft.
A former driver for Mayor Cory Booker, as well as for Booker’s chief-of-staff Modia Butler and former chief-of-staff Pablo Fonseca, Rodriguez is just the latest public employee to exercise the time-honored Jersey practice known as “the double dip,” collecting a public pension and public salary simultaneously.
Rodriguez’s take-home pay between the new job and his disability pension is $143,000 according to public records and officials.
And even that salary isn’t as high as some double-dippers in Newark and around the state, but it still has some people fuming.
“This is a perfect example of what’s wrong with our pension system,” said John Sierchio, a member and former chairman of the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System board of trustees.