RAHWAY — Freeholder Rick Proctor’s plan to retire as the city health director and from his elected post is being cited as an example of the abuse that put state pension funds deep in debt.
“Rahway voters should not elect someone whose first thought is about himself,” said Democrat Renee Bridges Thrash, who is challenging the regular political organization candidate.
Proctor said if his mayoral campaign is successful, he would cash out before taking office, so he could collect the pension and the $70,000 mayoral salary at the same time. Thrash said political abuse of the pension system has created a serious problem for future New Jersey generations.
“He was recently promoted from city health officer to director, but it was not disclosed if Proctor would be getting an increase to the $170,000 salary paid to the prior department head,” said Thrash. “If he did get the raise, it could boost his annual public pension from $110,000 to $120,000, a debt owed by taxpayers who are already overdrawn on the retirement account by $146 billion.”
“People need to elect leaders who are going to solve these problems instead of politicians who are going to make matters worse,” said Thrash. “The power is in your hands on June 8, but if you don’t use it you will certainly lose out.”
Public pensions have surfaced as a major primary issue since it was disclosed that Sheriff Ralph Froehlich has been double billing taxpayers for the past 11 years for a combined $230,000.
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