NJ Lawmakers Freeze State Official Wages By Ditching Salary Review Commission

TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) – There was a rush in Trenton yesterday to make sure no New Jersey state official gets a pay raise anytime soon by, in effect, putting the panel that approves them out of business.

Seven people are appointed every four years to what’s called the Public Officers Salary Review Commission. That panel sets the compensation for everyone from the Governor and his cabinet, to legislators, judges and county prosecutors. Governor Chris Christie said he wouldn’t fill his two slots on the panel followed by Republican leaders in the Assembly and Senate.

Within minutes, their Democratic counterparts withdrew their nominees, along with the appointment from the state Supreme Court.

“If you look around the country and you look at compensation to members of state legislatures, we already provide generous compensation for our legislators,” Assembly speaker Sheila Oliver said.

So she thinks it inappropriate to even consider pay hikes for leaders while the rest of the state is cutting back. The panel comes up for appointment again in 2015.

Reported by David Madden, KYW Newsradio

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One Comment

  1. seems like you put alot of thought into that , nice post mate .

  2. Stephanie Palmer says:

    Gee, Gov Corbett appointed a friend of his to a position and pays the guy $50,000 more than Rendell paid to his predecessor. Do you have anything like that in NJ? I guess the state of PA has more tax money to play with than NJ.

  3. Bar_keeper says:

    The headline for this article is not very truthful. Elected officials put in place a long time ago an automatic COLA for themselves based on its OWN formula separate from that which is used for SS and Medi-care. So don’t let these people fool you; they still get their 2-3% increases a year while we get NONE. Its bull spit. They don’t know our pain because they are not part of it.

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