Lawmakers Who Collect Pension and Salary on the Defensive
April 8, 2011 Leave a comment
By Briana Vannozzi
Assemblyman Sam Thompson resents being dubbed a “double-dipper” for drawing a public paycheck and pension simultaneously since it is a legal practice in New Jersey. Thompson started collecting his pension in 1997 – seven months before he was elected to the lower house. State Senator Loretta Weinberg also collects a pension and salary but says there are different permutations for each case. Weinberg says while she feels her decision was appropriate, public figures deserve to be cross-examined and its time to revisit the law.