Is It Time for a Full-Time Legislature?

by Michael M. Shapiro

Double-dipping, pension-padding, and conflicts of interest have become routine in the New Jersey State Legislature as officeholders juggle multiple jobs, some public and some private, and some with interests before the Legislature. While our legislators do need to financially support themselves and their families, the practices in which many of them engage compromise the integrity of the Legislature and legislative decision-making. As a result, public trust in our government and in our elected officials continues to plummet.

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