Double Dippers Received Raises

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STATE — The ranks of New Jersey’s double dippers — government employees who hold more than one job — declined by 16 percent but those politicians still taking advantage of the system received substantial raises in 2012 according to a NJ Press Media review of government data.

Double dippers are often allowed to add their multiple salaries together to gain a greater payoff when they retire, a practice known as pension padding.

The state’s top double dipper is Edward L. Kerwin, a tax assessor for nine towns who was paid $362,186 last year — more than double the $175,000 salary of Gov. Chris Christie.

Locally, Assemblyman Joe Cryan has a second job as a political appointee selected by Sheriff Ralph Froehlich, who qualifies as a double dipper because he collects an $85,000 public pension on top of his $145,000 taxpayer-funded salary.

Cryan is paid $49,000 for his legislative post and $111,000 for his job in the Sheriff’s Office.

Carteret’s Chief Financial Officer, Patrick Deblasio, also holds four other positions and earned $244,606 – $126,896 from the borough, plus $8,000 from the Board of Education, $29,774 from Highlands Borough, $39,996 from Keansburg and $39,940 from North Plainfield.

Monroe CFO George Lang added to his $135,036 salary by working for Hightstown Borough, Plainsboro Township’s Fire District 1, Roosevelt Borough and the Roosevelt Borough Board of Education to bring his total salary to $221,329.

Old Bridge Chief Financial Officer Himanshu Shah supplemented a $127,612 salary with four other jobs working for Harding Township and the Boards of Education in Old Bridge, Harding Township and South Amboy to earn a total of $182,952.

Sayreville CFO Wayne Kronowski boosted his $165,102 salary with $11,038 from the Sayreville Board of Education and $3,350 from the South River Board of Education.

Clark CFO and Tax Collector Terance O’Neill earned $104,040, plus another $61,804 as South Amboy’s CFO, $19,032 from Woodbridge Township Fire District 1 and $15,420 from Woodbridge Fire District 5.

Tax Assessor Michael Ross made $188,113: $106,337 from Scotch Plains, $41,616 from Clark, $22,166 from Summit and $17,994 from Fanwood.

Summit CFO Scott Olsen added to his $109,912 salary $26,562 from Dunellen, $17,048 from the Dunellen Parking Authority and $5,796 from the Summit Board of Education.

Judge Spencer Robbins made $79,380 from Woodbridge, $50,484 from South Plainfield and $44,988 from Sayreville for a total of $174,852.

Judge Donald Bogosian made $146,804: $50,082 from Summit, $47,004 from Bernards Township, $25,828 from Berkeley Heights and $23,890 from New Providence.

Lawyer Edward Testino made a total of $129,482 in five jobs for Middlesex County, the Middlesex County Municipal Joint Insurance Fund, the Old Bridge Municipal Utilities Authority and Old Bridge Township.

Peter Barnett made $128,313 as the tax assessor for four municipalities: $57,369 from Cranford, $34,078 from Deal, $32,846 from Rumson and $4,020 from Allenhurst.

Irvington Building Code Official Rudolph Ince made $66,300, plus $30,864 from Harrison Township and $20,680 from Hillside for a total of $117,844.

Building Subcode Official Vincent Franchino made $110,846 working for Westfield, Union, South Plainfield and Long Hill.

The report came out the same week President Barack Obama returned $20,000, or five percent of his $400,000 yearly salary, to show solidarity with workers.

 


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