Gov. Christie: Essex Co. executive wrong to collect pension, salary
Last week's Kane in Your Corner featured Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo, who is collecting a salary and a pension for the same job.
Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) says that he had no idea that DiVincenzo was taking advantage of a loophole in the pension system until the news came out last week. Christie says what DiVincenzo is doing shouldn't be allowed.
The governor admits that he and DiVincenzo are close political allies. Christie even swore in DiVincenzo in January after he was re-elected. The governor says that doesn't change the fact that what DiVincenzo is doing is wrong.
DiVincenzo technically retired as county executive last year, but stayed on the job, so he's collecting a salary and a pension, totaling $222,000 a year.
The governor called on state lawmakers to pass a pension reform law that would close the loophole and stop elected officials from drawing a salary and pension from the same job.
Essex County official may have improperly collected nearly $1M