Report: NJ wastes millions on clothing allowance

A report from New Jersey's comptroller finds the state spends more than $3 million in clothing allowances for white-collar workers who aren't required to wear

TRENTON - A report from New Jersey's comptroller finds the state spends more than $3 million in clothing allowances for white-collar workers who aren't required to wear uniforms.

Under collective bargaining agreements, the state clothing allowance is set at $700 a year and doesn't require employees to provide receipts.

According to the report, the state spends more than $22 million a year on clothing allowances. About 20 percent goes to white-collar workers, such as day care counselors, computer technicians and teaching assistants. About half of them don't wear uniforms.

Christie called the allowance, "Another opportunity that the Corzine administration gave away in negotiations to get more money to unionized workers who were dumping money into his political efforts."

AP wire services contributed to this report.

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