EDISON - Assemblyman Alex DeCroce (R-N.J.) is backtracking on his criticism of unemployed workers in New Jersey, but is still insisting the system is in need of a major overhaul. The Morris County lawmaker had said on Tuesday that if someone can receive unemployment, they will receive all of the benefits and begin to not want to work at all.
Today, DeCroce tried to clarify his previous statement. He said "I wanted to convey the need to fix a system that is on the verge of collapse...there are individuals who are gaming the system and contributing to its current state."
DeCroce also says reform is needed since the state's unemployment fund is $1.7 billion in debt. New Jersey's unemployment rate is 9.2 percent.