Daily Archives: December 8, 2011

NJ WATCHDOG INVESTIGATION: Attorney General’s 23 Double-Dippers Pocket Millions


One-Day 'Retirements?' There Ought to Be a Law!


Edgar J. Hess “retired” from the New Jersey State Police at age 50, but he never left the Attorney General’s payroll. The next day, he began work at a state unit that investigates corruption.

Without really retiring, Hess has collected $712,000 in state pension checks since 2002. He currently gets $196,000 a year – an $80,000 pension plus a $116,000 salary as a lieutenant state investigator.

Hess is one of 23 double-dipping investigators and supervisors who work for Attorney General Paula T. Dow and her Division of Criminal Justice, a New Jersey Watchdog investigation revealed. In addition to their salaries, they draw pensions as retired employees of the Attorney General. Most retired for only one day.

Collectively, the 23 “retirees” receive $3.77 million a year – $1.56 million a year in pension pay plus $2.21 million in state salaries. On average, they each pocket $164,000 a year – $96,000 in salary and nearly $68,000 from pension. 

The retirement schemes are typically inside jobs – deals that quietly slip through loopholes in pension law. Like Hess, many retirees are rehired so quickly they never miss a payday from the Attorney General, who is in charge of both DCJ and State Police.  In the 23 double-dipping cases examined by New Jersey Watchdog:

  • 14 officers were rehired the day after they retired.
  • Two others were rehired within a week of retirement.
  • Only seven officers left the payroll for at least 30 days, as required by state pension rules.

Click here or visit www.njwatchdog.org for the full story.  Investigative reporter Mark Lagerkvist can be reached at Mark@Lagerkvist.net.

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Handbell Ringers To Perform At Library

If your spirits are in need of a little uplifting this weekend, you may want to catch this free concert at the main branch of the Middletown Library on Sunday.

The annual holiday concert of the Middletown Township Public Library, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 11, will feature the music of the Calvin Handbell Ringers of the Tower Hill Presbyterian Church, Red Bank.

The senior handbell group has performed locally and abroad and will include a variety of holiday favorites for the entire family. The group is under the direction of Adam Peithmann.

The concert will take place in the library’s community room. Free
tickets are available at the library reference desk for this limited-seating event, or by calling 732-671-3700, ext. 320. Funding for this program comes from the support of the MTPL Foundation Inc. The Middletown Township Library is located at 55 New Monmouth Road.

Be sure to get your free tickets in advance to reserve your seats.

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