05 May: Karcher Bill Denying Pensions To Convicted Public Officials Advances

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senator Ellen Karcher which would impose minimum mandatory sentences and the forfeiture of pensions and retirement benefits for public officials convicted of a crime that involves their public office was unanimously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee today.

“A public office is won based on a contract of trust with the electorate, and when that trust is broken, the terms of the contract should be considered null and void,” said Senator Karcher, D-Monmouth and Mercer. “In New Jersey today, corruption seems to be running rampant over positive public service, as allegations of corruption against local, county and State officials have become an everyday occurrence. It’s obvious that we need much stronger deterrents to keep politicians focused on public service, as opposed to self service.”

05 May: Adler: Criminal Officials Should Face Mandatory Prison And Lose Pensions

TRENTON – The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved a bill, sponsored by Senator John H. Adler to cancel pension benefits and impose mandatory prison terms for convicted public officials.

“Public officials who betray their public trust through felony convictions don’t deserve to be rewarded with lifetime pension benefits,” said Senator Adler, the committee chairman. “The message for those convicted of public corruption is that you will go away to prison and there will be no exceptions.”

14 Mar: Adler: Mandatory Prison Terms, But No Pensions For Criminal Officials

TRENTON – Senator John H. Adler today introduced legislation to cancel pension benefits for convicted public officials and to impose mandatory prison terms for their offenses.

“The people of New Jersey don’t want their tax dollars paying pension benefits for convicted felons,” said Senator Adler, the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “In this climate of rampant public corruption, the message must be clear to those who would betray their public trust – if you do the crime, you’re doing time.”