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PR: Americans for Prosperity State Director Steve Lonegan Reacts to Shocking Pension Scandal

September 15, 2011 J

For Immediate Release – September 15, 2011

Americans for Prosperity State Director Steve Lonegan Reacts to Shocking Pension Scandal

NJ Watchdog Report Reveals that Forty County Cops are Double-Dipping Pension System for a Staggering $2.88M Per Year

BOGOTA, NJ – Americans for Prosperity state director Steve Lonegan has issued the following statement in response to a NJ Watchdog investigative exposé which uncovered that forty New Jersey county sheriffs and undersheriffs across the state are scamming the state’s pension system to the tune of $2.88M a year.

“These revelations are truly stunning and shocking and should outrage every New Jersey taxpayer. Yet again, New Jersey taxpayers discover that they are being ripped off as law enforcement officials literally rob them blind in order to line their own pockets.

“These are the people we trust to fight for and law and order yet they are proving to be even bigger thieves than the ones they arrest.

“This scandal demonstrates the urgent need to dispense with a broken, outdated pension system that is open to widespread abuse, exploitation and corruption.

“New Jersey taxpayers have had enough. It’s time to put an end to this system once and for all so that honest, hard-working taxpayers can no longer be scammed by shameless, self-serving scoundrels who are enriching themselves at their expense.”

“If legislators in Trenton are serious about standing up for taxpayers, then they should stop at nothing to prevent this kind of contemptible gaming of the system and pick-pocketing of millions of their constituents’ tax dollars.”

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