Police and fire unions’ power grab sticks New Jersey’s taxpayers with the pension bill

Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff

In 1866, Surrogate Gideon J. Tucker wrote that “o man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session.” Over a hundred years later, the New Jersey Legislature is doing its very best […]

By |March 22nd, 2017|NJ Pension Crisis|0 Comments

Pension fund may soon be turned over to police, firefighters

By Samantha Marcus | NJ Advance Media for
on March 15, 2017 at 8:10 AM, updated March 15, 2017 at 4:46 PM

TRENTON — The state Senate has passed legislation that would give police and firefighters the right to manage their pension fund and its investment portfolio.

Under the bill, passed 37-0 on Monday, a newly expanded […]

By |March 17th, 2017|NJ Pension Crisis|1 Comment

Lawmakers seek changes to TTF program, including transparency rollback


03/14/17 05:32 AM EDT

TRENTON — Democratic lawmakers in the Statehouse are considering major changes to New Jersey’s infrastructure spending program but are being met with resistance from their Republican colleagues.

The complex, 21-page bill (S3075) would enact broad amendments to the law passed last year authorizing the state’s Transportation Trust Fund to spend $2 […]

By |March 15th, 2017|Bergen County|4 Comments

N.J. Supreme Court enters fray over pay hikes for public workers

By Samantha Marcus | NJ Advance Media for
on March 14, 2017 at 7:45 AM, updated March 14, 2017 at 8:32 AM

TRENTON — Public employee unions and government officials clashed Monday in a case before the state Supreme Court that could determine whether workers across New Jersey will get pay raises.

The state’s highest court heard […]

By |March 14th, 2017|Trenton|2 Comments

Reader says For New Jersey Pensions at the Current Cash Burn Rate, the Funds will be Insolvent in Less than a Decade

The math doesn’t work. The net asset value of the Pension Fund assets managed by the NJ State Investment Division was $72.9bn as of June 30, 2016. 41% of the 785,000 members in seven public pension systems are retired versus 51% of the members who are still working and contributing to the pension plans, while […]

By |March 8th, 2017|NJ Pension Crisis|0 Comments



Lowering rate of return on fund investments will help, but some experts argue full actuarial payments — not called for in Christie budget address — remain critical

New actuarial calculations for New Jersey’s beleaguered public-employee pension system show an unfunded liability of near $50 billion, a staggering number for a retirement […]

By |March 7th, 2017|village of ridgewood|13 Comments

How the lottery can help fix N.J.’s ailing pensions system

By Samantha Marcus | NJ Advance Media for
on March 01, 2017 at 9:31 AM, updated March 01, 2017 at 4:31 PM

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie used his budget address Tuesday to take a final stab at saving government worker pensions, proposing to dedicate revenues from lottery ticket sales to the distressed fund.

Christie suggested the […]

By |March 2nd, 2017|NJ Pension Crisis|7 Comments

N.J. pension debt soared to $49B last year

N.J. pension crisis explained with popsicle sticks

Samantha Marcus | NJ Advance Media for NJ.comBy Samantha Marcus | NJ Advance Media for
on February 28, 2017 at 7:30 AM, updated February 28, 2017 at 8:37 AM

TRENTON — New Jersey’s government worker pension funds lost a lot of ground last year, as the state’s pension debt rose […]

By |March 1st, 2017|NJ Pension Crisis|3 Comments

Pension fury: N.J. cops, firefighters just rose up against Christie

By Claude Brodesser-Akner | NJ Advance Media for

on February 28, 2017 at 9:45 AM, updated February 28, 2017 at 10:46 AM

TRENTON — Furious after watching pension investment fees triple over the last three years even as their funds lost value, police and firefighter union leaders are seeking to wrest control of their underfunded pensions […]

By |March 1st, 2017|NJ Pension Crisis|2 Comments

N.J.’s top pensions adviser: 5 ways to cut property taxes

Updated February 27, 2017
Posted February 27, 2017

Property taxes in New Jersey are the highest in the nation. Since 2000, they have doubled and have risen at over twice the rate of inflation. No wonder people are forced to move; no wonder we have the highest foreclosure rate in the nation.

Property taxpayers suffer because raising this […]

By |February 28th, 2017|village of ridgewood|1 Comment