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Deceased Employees Getting Paid In Newark

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Newark, New Jersey (My9NJ) - State Controller Matthew Boxer did an audit of Newark and its city council and it paints a troubling picture of how Newark was run while Cory Booker was mayor.

It’s reported that three Newark city employees who were deceased were actually continuing to receive payroll or retirement pension payments from the city.

Mayoral candidate and former State Attorney General, Shavar Jeffries says this kind of mistake is ridiculous.

“I mean obviously we don’t have money to waste as a city. Ya know we’re at a time of crisis right now. To pay dead people, to pay people who aren’t on the payroll is obviously not the kind of city we need to be,” Jeffries said.

Another the issue found in the audit was that city employees were being paid supplemental payments in addition to salary for things like hazard pay or stress pay through collective bargaining agreements. The state controller found these expenses questionable, but he also found that many were done in error, and the employees didn’t even qualify for the extra payments.

It was also found that the city council and the mayor’s office were giving themselves over $500,000 as an allowance with no controls or anyone to report to on how the money was spent.

Senator Booker’s office has referred all questions to city hall’s press office.

Anibal Ramos Jr., a Newark mayoral candidate and youngest member of the city council, says that these were some errors but not everything they do is wrong.

“Judge me on the fact that we’ve operated with less staff people. That we don’t drive a city car. That we haven’t utilize the city phone and we’ve pushed the charge on putting some reforms in place that helps us operate the city more efficiently,” Ramos, Jr.  said.

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