Restoring Politician Pension Pork

Jobs as judges, prosecutors, and municipal business administrators are the crock of gold at the end of a politician’s rainbow here and with bailouts, unlimited debt, and an apathetic tax base ripe for plucking politicians have an opportunity to sweeten the pots. According to politicoNJ that is exactly what they are planning on doing with five bills (one already enacted).

A4313: transfers Administrative Law Judges from the Defined Contribution Retirement Program to the Public Employees’ Retirement System. The Office of Legislative Services (OLS) estimates that this bill will lead to annual State cost increases resulting from the transfer of Administrative Law Judges from the Defined Contribution Retirement Program to the Public Employees’ Retirement System. The first-year cost could approximate $2million.In subsequent fiscal years, the annual State cost will grow as a function of increases in judges’ salaries and other economic factors. The bill may also make Administrative Law Judges eligible for healthcare benefit sat retirement that are not available in the Defined Contribution Retirement Program.

A5785: allows prosecutors hired on or after May 21, 2010 to enroll in the Prosecutors Part of the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) which was originally established on January 7, 2002, but closed to new members on May 21, 2010.

S758: requires the enrollment in the Public Employees’ Retirement System(PERS) of workers’ compensation judges of the Division of Workers’ Compensation in the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, as a condition of employment. Currently, workers’ compensation judges are enrolled in the DCRP, the Workers’ Compensation Judges Part of the PERS, or in the PERS with the benefits of State employees.The Office of Legislative Services (OLS) estimates that the total first-year costs of this bill attributable to the Second Injury Fund are $4,494,286, comprised of an accrued liability payment of $3,485,035 and a normal cost payment of $1,009,251 to be funded by increased assessments on workers’ compensation insurance carriers and certain self-insured employers. There are currently 45 judges of compensation whose retirement benefits may be affected by this bill.

S1212: Makes local government business administrators eligible for memberships in PERS; provides for transfer of business administrators from participation in Defined Contribution Retirement Program to membership in PERS.

S3197: Clarifies eligibility for deferred retirement for certain judges in JRS. PoliticoNJ guessed at who could benefit:

The bill appears to have been written with Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone in mind, as she otherwise would have to leave the prosecutor’s position when she reaches the mandatory judicial retirement age of 70 in 2024 in order to collect her judicial pension. It also could potentially apply to Judge William Daniel, whom Murphy nominated last week as the next Union County prosecutor.

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A4313 AcsAa (ACS/1R) Requires Administrative Law Judges to be enrolled in PERS.**
State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation
 
Identical Bill Number: S1780   
Last Session Bill Number: A4901   S3284

Mukherji, Raj   as Primary Sponsor
        6/25/2020 Introduced, Referred to Assembly Judiciary Committee
3/15/2021 Reported as an Assembly Committee Substitute and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
5/18/2021 Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
5/20/2021 Assembly Floor Amendment Passed (Johnson)
6/3/2021 Passed by the Assembly (51-21-0)
6/10/2021 Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee

Introduced – – 8 pages PDF Format    HTML Format
Statement – AJU 3/15/21 ACS – 1 pages PDF Format    HTML Format
Assembly Committee Substitute – – 9 pages PDF Format    HTML Format
Statement – AAP 5/18/21 ACS – 2 pages PDF Format    HTML Format
Floor Statement – Assembly 5/20/21 ACS – 1 pages PDF Format    HTML Format
Reprint Of Substitute – – 8 pages PDF Format    HTML Format
Fiscal Estimate – 5/25/21; ACS – 4 pages PDF Format    HTML Format
Fiscal Estimate – 6/8/21; 1R ACS – 2 pages PDF Format    HTML Format
Committee Voting:
AJU  3/15/2021  –  r/ACS  –  Yes {4}  No {2}  Not Voting {0}  Abstains {0}  –  Roll Call
AAP  5/18/2021  –  r/favorably  –  Yes {7}  No {3}  Not Voting {1}  Abstains {0}  –  Roll Call

Session Voting:
Asm.  6/3/2021  –  3RDG FINAL PASSAGE   –  Yes {51}  No {21}  Not Voting {8}  Abstains {0}  –  Roll Call Armato, John – YesAuth, Robert – NoBenson, Daniel R. – Yes Bergen, Brian – NoBramnick, Jon M. – YesBurzichelli, John J. – Yes Calabrese, Clinton – YesCaputo, Ralph R. – YesCarter, Linda S. – Yes Catalano, John – NoChaparro, Annette – YesChiaravalloti, Nicholas – Yes Clifton, Robert D. – NoConaway, Herb, Jr. – YesCoughlin, Craig J. – Yes Dancer, Ronald S. – YesDanielsen, Joe – YesDeAngelo, Wayne P. – Yes DeCroce, BettyLou – NoDeFuccio, DeAnne C. – YesDePhillips, Christopher P. – No DiMaio, John – NoDiMaso, Serena – NoDowney, Joann – Yes Dunn, Aura K. – NoEgan, Joseph V. – YesFreiman, Roy – Yes Giblin, Thomas P. – YesGove, DiAnne C. – YesGreenwald, Louis D. – Yes Holley, Jamel C. – YesHoughtaling, Eric – YesJasey, Mila M. – Yes Jimenez, Angelica M. – YesJohnson, Gordon M. – YesKarabinchak, Robert J. – Yes Kean, Sean T. – YesKennedy, James J. – YesLampitt, Pamela R. – Not Voting Lopez, Yvonne – YesMazzeo, Vincent – YesMcClellan, Antwan L. – No McGuckin, Gregory P. – YesMcKeon, John F. – YesMcKnight, Angela V. – Not Voting Mejia, Pedro – YesMoen, William F., Jr. – YesMoriarty, Paul D. – Yes Mosquera, Gabriela M. – Not VotingMukherji, Raj – YesMunoz, Nancy F. – No Murphy, Carol A. – YesPeters, Ryan E. – NoPeterson, Erik – No Pintor Marin, Eliana – YesQuijano, Annette – Not VotingReynolds-Jackson, Verlina – Yes Rooney, Kevin J. – NoRumpf, Brian E. – Not VotingSchaer, Gary S. – Yes Scharfenberger, Gerard – NoSimonsen, Erik K. – NoSpace, Parker – No Spearman, William W. – YesSpeight, Shanique – YesStanfield, Jean – No Stanley, Sterley S. – YesSumter, Shavonda E. – Not VotingSwain, Lisa – Yes Taliaferro, Adam J. – Not VotingThomson, Edward H. – NoTimberlake, Britnee N. – Yes Tucker, Cleopatra G. – YesTully, P. Christopher – YesVainieri Huttle, Valerie – Yes Verrelli, Anthony S. – YesWebber, Jay – NoWimberly, Benjie E. – Not Voting
A5785 Aca (1R) Permits prosecutors to enroll in Prosecutors Part of PERS.
2nd Reading in the Assembly
 
Identical Bill Number: S3780   

Mazzeo, Vincent   as Primary Sponsor
Caputo, Ralph R.   as Co-Sponsor
Murphy, Carol A.   as Co-Sponsor
        6/1/2021 Introduced, Referred to Assembly State and Local Government Committee
6/9/2021 Reported out of Asm. Comm. with Amendments, and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
6/16/2021 Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading

Introduced – – 3 pages PDF Format    HTML Format
Statement – 6/9/21 ASL – 1 pages PDF Format    HTML Format
Statement – AAP 6/16/21 1R – 1 pages PDF Format    HTML Format
Reprint – – 3 pages PDF Format    HTML Format
Committee Voting:
ASL  6/9/2021  –  r/Aca  –  Yes {4}  No {2}  Not Voting {0}  Abstains {0}  –  Roll Call Mazzeo, Vincent (C) – YesFreiman, Roy (V) – YesKarabinchak, Robert J. – Yes Moen, William F., Jr. – YesSimonsen, Erik K. – NoThomson, Edward H. – No
AAP  6/16/2021  –  r/favorably  –  Yes {7}  No {4}  Not Voting {0}  Abstains {0}  –  Roll Call Burzichelli, John J. (C) – YesSchaer, Gary S. (V) – YesBergen, Brian – No Conaway, Herb, Jr. – YesDeAngelo, Wayne P. – YesJohnson, Gordon M. – Yes McClellan, Antwan L. – NoPintor Marin, Eliana – YesRooney, Kevin J. – No Tucker, Cleopatra G. – YesWebber, Jay – No
S758 ScaAaAa (3R) Reopens Workers Compensation Judges Part of PERS and requires Workers’ Compensation Judges to be enrolled in PERS.*
2nd Reading in the Assembly
 
Identical Bill Number: A1032    (3R)
Last Session Bill Number: S4245   A5746

Gopal, Vin   as Primary Sponsor
Scutari, Nicholas P.   as Primary Sponsor
Lagana, Joseph A.   as Co-Sponsor
        1/14/2020 Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee
10/19/2020 Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
10/19/2020 Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
2/11/2021 Reported from Senate Committee with Amendments, 2nd Reading
2/19/2021 Passed by the Senate (29-5)
2/22/2021 Received in the Assembly, Referred to Assembly Judiciary Committee
3/15/2021 Reported and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
3/17/2021 Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
5/20/2021 Assembly Floor Amendment Passed (Johnson)
6/3/2021 Assembly Floor Amendment Passed (Johnson)

Introduced – – 10 pages PDF Format    HTML Format
Fiscal Estimate – 5/28/20; as introduced – 3 pages PDF Format    HTML Format
Statement – SSG 10/19/20 – 2 pages PDF Format    HTML Format
Technical Review Of Prefiled Bill – – 9 pages PDF Format    HTML Format
Statement – SBA 2/11/21 – 2 pages PDF Format    HTML Format
Fiscal Estimate – 2/22/21; 1R – 4 pages PDF Format    HTML Format
Reprint – – 9 pages PDF Format    HTML Format
Statement – AJU 3/15/21 1R – 2 pages PDF Format    HTML Format
Statement – AAP 3/17/21 1R – 2 pages PDF Format    HTML Format
Reprint – – 11 pages PDF Format    HTML Format
Floor Statement – Assembly 5/20/21 1R – 1 pages PDF Format    HTML Format
Reprint – – 11 pages PDF Format    HTML Format
Floor Statement – Assembly 6/3/21 2R – 1 pages PDF Format    HTML Format
Committee Voting:
SSG  10/19/2020  –  r/favorably  –  Yes {5}  No {0}  Not Voting {0}  Abstains {0}  –  Roll Call
SBA  2/11/2021  –  r/Sca  –  Yes {10}  No {2}  Not Voting {0}  Abstains {0}  –  Roll Call
AJU  3/15/2021  –  r/favorably  –  Yes {4}  No {2}  Not Voting {0}  Abstains {0}  –  Roll Call
AAP  3/17/2021  –  r/favorably  –  Yes {9}  No {2}  Not Voting {0}  Abstains {0}  –  Roll Call

Session Voting:
Sen.    2/19/2021  –  3RDG FINAL PASSAGE   –  Yes {29}  No {5}  Not Voting {6}    –  Roll Call Addiego, Dawn Marie – YesBateman, Christopher – YesBeach, James – Not Voting Brown, Chris A. – YesBucco, Anthony M. – Not VotingCardinale, Gerald – Not Voting Codey, Richard J. – YesConnors, Christopher J. – YesCorrado, Kristin M. – Yes Cruz-Perez, Nilsa I. – Not VotingCryan, Joseph P. – YesCunningham, Sandra B. – Yes Diegnan, Patrick J., Jr. – YesDoherty, Michael J. – NoGill, Nia H. – Yes Gopal, Vin – YesGreenstein, Linda R. – YesHolzapfel, James W. – Yes Kean, Thomas H., Jr. – NoLagana, Joseph A. – YesMadden, Fred H., Jr. – Yes O’Scanlon, Declan J., Jr. – NoOroho, Steven V. – NoPennacchio, Joseph – No Pou, Nellie – YesRice, Ronald L. – YesRuiz, M. Teresa – Yes Sacco, Nicholas J. – YesSarlo, Paul A. – Not VotingScutari, Nicholas P. – Yes Singer, Robert W. – YesSingleton, Troy – YesSmith, Bob – Yes Stack, Brian P. – YesSweeney, Stephen M. – YesTesta, Michael L., Jr. – Yes Thompson, Samuel D. – YesTurner, Shirley K. – YesVitale, Joseph F. – Not Voting
S1212 Makes local government business administrators eligible for memberships in PERS; provides for transfer of business administrators from participation in Defined Contribution Retirement Program to membership in PERS.
State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation
 


Bucco, Anthony M.   as Primary Sponsor
        2/3/2020 Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee

Introduced – – 6 pages PDF Format    HTML Format
S3197 Clarifies eligibility for deferred retirement for certain judges in JRS.
Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor
 
Identical Bill Number: A5344   

Scutari, Nicholas P.   as Primary Sponsor
Smith, Bob   as Primary Sponsor
Mukherji, Raj   as Primary Sponsor
        11/19/2020 Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee
12/14/2020 Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
12/14/2020 Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
1/11/2021 Passed by the Senate (34-0)
1/12/2021 Received in the Assembly, Referred to Assembly Judiciary Committee
3/15/2021 Reported out of Assembly Committee, 2nd Reading
5/20/2021 Substituted for A5344
5/20/2021 Passed Assembly (Passed Both Houses) (68-8-0)
6/11/2021 Approved P.L.2021, c.105.

Statement – SJU 12/14/20 – 1 pages PDF Format    HTML Format
Statement – AJU 3/15/21 – 1 pages PDF Format    HTML Format
Introduced – – 3 pages PDF Format    HTML Format
Committee Voting:
SJU  12/14/2020  –  r/favorably  –  Yes {10}  No {1}  Not Voting {0}  Abstains {0}  –  Roll Call
AJU  3/15/2021  –  r/favorably  –  Yes {6}  No {0}  Not Voting {0}  Abstains {0}  –  Roll Call

Session Voting:
Sen.    1/11/2021  –  3RDG FINAL PASSAGE   –  Yes {34}  No {0}  Not Voting {6}    –  Roll Call Addiego, Dawn Marie – YesBateman, Christopher – Not VotingBeach, James – Not Voting Brown, Chris A. – YesBucco, Anthony M. – YesCardinale, Gerald – Not Voting Codey, Richard J. – YesConnors, Christopher J. – YesCorrado, Kristin M. – Not Voting Cruz-Perez, Nilsa I. – YesCryan, Joseph P. – YesCunningham, Sandra B. – Yes Diegnan, Patrick J., Jr. – YesDoherty, Michael J. – YesGill, Nia H. – Not Voting Gopal, Vin – YesGreenstein, Linda R. – YesHolzapfel, James W. – Yes Kean, Thomas H., Jr. – YesLagana, Joseph A. – YesMadden, Fred H., Jr. – Yes O’Scanlon, Declan J., Jr. – YesOroho, Steven V. – YesPennacchio, Joseph – Yes Pou, Nellie – YesRice, Ronald L. – YesRuiz, M. Teresa – Not Voting Sacco, Nicholas J. – YesSarlo, Paul A. – YesScutari, Nicholas P. – Yes Singer, Robert W. – YesSingleton, Troy – YesSmith, Bob – Yes Stack, Brian P. – YesSweeney, Stephen M. – YesTesta, Michael L., Jr. – Yes Thompson, Samuel D. – YesTurner, Shirley K. – YesVitale, Joseph F. – Yes Weinberg, Loretta – Yes
Asm.  5/20/2021  –  SUB FOR A5344   –  Yes {0}  No {0}  Not Voting {80}  Abstains {0}  –  Voice Vote Passed
Asm.  5/20/2021  –  3RDG FINAL PASSAGE   –  Yes {68}  No {8}  Not Voting {4}  Abstains {0}  –  Roll Call Armato, John – YesAuth, Robert – YesBenson, Daniel R. – Yes Bergen, Brian – NoBramnick, Jon M. – YesBurzichelli, John J. – Yes Calabrese, Clinton – YesCaputo, Ralph R. – YesCarter, Linda S. – Yes Catalano, John – YesChaparro, Annette – YesChiaravalloti, Nicholas – Yes Clifton, Robert D. – YesConaway, Herb, Jr. – YesCoughlin, Craig J. – Yes Dancer, Ronald S. – YesDanielsen, Joe – YesDeAngelo, Wayne P. – Yes DeCroce, BettyLou – NoDeFuccio, DeAnne C. – YesDePhillips, Christopher P. – Yes DiMaio, John – NoDiMaso, Serena – YesDowney, Joann – Yes Dunn, Aura K. – NoEgan, Joseph V. – YesFreiman, Roy – Yes Giblin, Thomas P. – YesGove, DiAnne C. – YesGreenwald, Louis D. – Yes Holley, Jamel C. – YesHoughtaling, Eric – YesJasey, Mila M. – Yes Jimenez, Angelica M. – YesJohnson, Gordon M. – YesKarabinchak, Robert J. – Yes Kean, Sean T. – YesKennedy, James J. – YesLampitt, Pamela R. – Yes Lopez, Yvonne – YesMazzeo, Vincent – YesMcClellan, Antwan L. – Yes McGuckin, Gregory P. – YesMcKeon, John F. – YesMcKnight, Angela V. – Not Voting Mejia, Pedro – YesMoen, William F., Jr. – YesMoriarty, Paul D. – Not Voting Mosquera, Gabriela M. – Not VotingMukherji, Raj – YesMunoz, Nancy F. – Yes Murphy, Carol A. – YesPeters, Ryan E. – YesPeterson, Erik – No Pintor Marin, Eliana – YesQuijano, Annette – Not VotingReynolds-Jackson, Verlina – Yes Rooney, Kevin J. – YesRumpf, Brian E. – YesSchaer, Gary S. – Yes Scharfenberger, Gerard – YesSimonsen, Erik K. – YesSpace, Parker – No Spearman, William W. – YesSpeight, Shanique – YesStanfield, Jean – Yes Stanley, Sterley S. – YesSumter, Shavonda E. – YesSwain, Lisa – Yes Taliaferro, Adam J. – YesThomson, Edward H. – NoTimberlake, Britnee N. – Yes Tucker, Cleopatra G. – YesTully, P. Christopher – YesVainieri Huttle, Valerie – Yes Verrelli, Anthony S. – YesWebber, Jay – YesWimberly, Benjie E. – Yes

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Rex the Wonder Dog!🐶🐶🐶🐾🐾🐾 on June 20, 2021 at 12:36 am

    Jobs as judges, prosecutors, and municipal business administrators are the crock of gold at the end of a politician’s rainbow here and with bailouts, unlimited debt, and an apathetic tax base ripe for plucking politicians have an opportunity to sweeten the pots.
    Wow, that was some excellent prose 👍✔👍
    S1212: Makes local government business administrators eligible for memberships in PERS; provides for transfer of business administrators from participation in Defined Contribution Retirement Program to membership in PERS.
    Isn’t the goal, the “plan” if you will, to get Gov Porkers INTO the DC plans and OUT of the DB plans? Not the other way around?
    S3197: Clarifies eligibility for deferred retirement for certain judges in JRS.
    DROP is the biggest fraud ever perpetrated in Gov pensions, but as I said a few days back, WHO in their right mind would WANT to keep working at age 70?
    The bill [S3197] appears to have been written with Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone in mind, as she otherwise would have to leave the prosecutor’s position when she reaches the mandatory judicial retirement age of 70 in 2024 in order to collect her judicial pension.
    Pensions were designed to keep the aged out of poverty when they became too old to work, not to grow rich off of with every scam and fraud known to the criminal mind, aka public unions.

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