Jim McDonald is on the verge of hitting a jackpot in New Jersey’s election sweepstakes as a new double-dipping county sheriff.What better proof that many go into to politics to get wealthy.
In January, he retired as Washington Township police chief at age 54 to draw a $94,000 a year state pension – and run for Warren County sheriff. After winning the GOP primary on a platform of “fiscal responsibility,” McDonald is almost a sure bet to add a sheriff’s salary of $128,000 to his income next year – increasing his annual public pay to $220,000.
His sole opposition is longshot Joseph DeWitt, an independent candidate who skipped the primary. If elected, the retired part-time Independence Township cop has promised not to collect his $13,000 a year pension while sheriff. McDonald and his campaign did not respond to requests for comment.
“Public pensions are not really intended to be a way to change your lifestyle and double your income,” said Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-Red Bank), a longtime opponent of double-dipping. “It was created to support you when you are no longer working.”
Currently, three-fourths of the state’s sheriffs — 16 out of 21 — take advantage of existing loopholes to draw county salaries while receiving pensions as law enforcement “retirees,” according to NJ Spotlight analysis.
Friday, September 23, 2016
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Posted by Steve Bartin at 7:58 AM