NJ Pension For a Felon

PoliticoNJ noticed in an article that “former Passaic Councilman Marcellus Jackson, bounced last week from his Murphy administration job because of his 2007 corruption conviction, never forfeited his pension despite a state law that says he should have, according to public records.” Our governor’s reaction to someone who admitted to taking bribes:

“He made a mistake. He paid a price. He repented. He did what he needed to do and he raised his hand and he asked for a second chance,” Murphy told reporters Tuesday.

Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi (R-Bergen) had a different reaction:

“A law was broken and so was public trust, so this won’t go away with a simple resignation,” Schepisi said in a statement Wednesday. “I am highly confident the attorney general will conduct a complete investigation, but Governor Murphy still owes a better explanation to the public.”  In a phone interview Thursday, Schepisi called for a “comprehensive audit and analysis” to determine whether there are other corrupt former public officials still in the pension system, or if any are receiving pensions to which they’re not entitled.

I wondered about that also.

New Jersey maintains a website that lists all retirees and, after downloading the data as of June 1, 2018, I found some familiar names from the world of New Jersey malfeasance. I am not saying these people are all felons and deserve to have their pensions taken away for what might be a good reason. Since there are so many retirees (338,522) and so many corrupt politicians (????) there may be honest people included only on account of their name. I leave it to others to decide how deserving these people are of a New Jersey pension. (Note that Brendan T. Bryne is not a felon. Rather he is dead.)

Among the names in the spreadsheet:

* mentioned in 2015 FBI sting.

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by geo8rge on October 6, 2018 at 9:28 am

    One solution is the state of NJ could have the option of returning to a felon all contributions made to the pension minus payments from the pension plus actual investment returns as a lump sum payment or by purchasing an annuity removing any further (onerous?) obligation by the state.


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