- Associated Press - Friday, March 27, 2015

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Fear of public perception has stalled a bill that would have allowed Bayonne’s mayor to collect a $120,000 pension along with his salary.

The measure sailed through the New Jersey Senate and an Assembly committee.

The bill would allow newly-retired police and firefighters to collect their pensions while serving in elected office because their retirements would be considered mandatory to comply with federal tax law.

Under current law, Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis can’t add his police pension to his $72,000 salary.

Assemblyman Gordon Johnson tells NJ.com (https://bit.ly/1CsRfCG ) Democrats are concerned about the appearance of allowing a few select elected officials to collect their benefits while the underfunded pension system is in crisis.

Republicans opposed the measure.

Johnson plans to try to bring the bill back.

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Information from: NJ.com, https://www.nj.com


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