As Mercer sheriff, I won’t double-dip
In rare instances, a county election has the ability to affect the entire state of New Jersey. In my view, this November’s election for the public office of Mercer County sheriff presents such a scenario.
This election will afford the voters of Mercer County a chance to begin a new trend in regard to reforming New Jersey politics. While holding full-time public office, I am on record pledging to suspend my State of New Jersey-issued pension.
No other sheriff in the state has ever offered to do such a thing. Numerous published reports indicate 17 of our 21 county sheriffs currently “double dip,” collecting both their pension and salary at the same time. The same holds true for the undersheriffs they have appointed.
Now for the “double dipping” $85,000 question: Are New Jerseyans willing to spend an additional $85,000 in pension funds per year, every year, to re-elect an incumbent officeholder simply because of a certain political party affiliation after his name in the voting booth? The bottom line, pertaining to the Mercer County sheriff and his appointed undersheriffs, is that taxpayers are paying, in salary and pensions combined, close to $1 million per year for “double dipping” government retirees.
As readers enjoy this long Fourth of July weekend, I hope they will keep an open mind to a truly new solution that can spread like fireworks.
-- David C. Jones, Maj. (ret.)
The writer is a Republican candidate for Mercer County sheriff. He is retired from the New Jersey State Police.
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