Probe finds lucrative perks for some in NJ

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - December 1, 2009

A State Commission of Investigation report releaed Tuesday concludes the lucrative perks paid to some local government workers is costing New Jersey taxpayers millions.

The SCI spent nearly a year examining the compensation and benefits paid to public employees. The panel found examples of waste, excess and abuse.

For example, 20 workers in Camden cashed in unused time and left their jobs with $115,000 each.

Five employees got $780,000 in unused leave in Rockaway Township in Morris County, even after budget cuts forced the elimination of a police department position.

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