15 Mar: Corzine Signs Adler-Karcher Bill To Penalize Corrupt Public Officials

TRENTON – Senators John H. Adler and Ellen Karcher today said enactment of their bill, S-14, to impose mandatory prison terms of up to 10 years and loss of pensions and benefits for corrupt public officials will crack down on abuses of the public trust.

“Politicians take notice – the price of corruption just went up,” said Senator Adler, D-Camden.

“This new law will help match the penalty with the crime,” said Senator Karcher, D-Monmouth and Mercer.

22 Jan: Senate Democrats Crack Down On Public Corruption

TRENTON – The Senate today unanimously approved a bill, S-14, crafted by Senator John H. Adler , to impose mandatory prison terms, fines of up to $200,000 and loss of pensions for all public officials convicted of a wide-ranging list of corruption offenses.

“This vote represents our choice to stand up for taxpayers and against corruption,” said Senator Adler, D-Cherry Hill. “The choice was clear.”

17 Jan: Adler: Guilty Mayor Should Lose Pension

TRENTON – Senator John H. Adler, D-Cherry Hill, made the following statement today following today’s announcement that former Keyport Mayor John Merla pled guilty to a single public corruption charge:

“John Merla is getting off easy. A couple of years in jail and a fine pale in comparison to the damage he has done to the public trust.

11 Jan: Adler Proposes New Public Corruption Statute

TRENTON – All public officials convicted of corruption would face mandatory jail time of up 10 years and loss of their pensions and benefits under a new bill, S-14, introduced today by Senator John H. Adler.

In addition, the bill would subject officials convicted of public corruption to fines of up to $200,000 for crimes related to a public office or to public employment.