NJ taxes going to group that may not exist

May 11, 2009 6:48:04 AM PDT
New Jersey taxpayers have spent $400,000 since 2003 on a program designed to teach children about growing food in space. The executive director of the nonprofit program died two years ago. But the annual payments have continued.

State Sen. Marcia Karrow is calling for an investigation.

The program is called E3CO and it's based in the southern New Jersey community of Wenonah. The state's money goes through Rutgers University but Rutgers does not oversee the group.

Most of the money went to the salaries two women, one of whom died in 2007.

Rutgers says it has no records or receipts to show what the group has done with its money since then. The university put a freeze on the organization's money this year.

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Information from: The Star-Ledger, http://www.nj.com/starledger

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