(4th LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT) – Assemblyman Paul Moriarty (D-Gloucester/Camden) released the following statement Thursday following reports in The Record of Bergen County about how the New Jersey School Boards Association Insurance Group billed more than $98 million in premiums to about 370 member districts in fiscal 2009.
The group is not a government agency, but a private insurance pool, and its employees are among several non-public businesses who, because of a 1955 law Moriarty is seeking to overturn (A-2499) are eligible for state pension and health programs:
“The latest revelations just add to what was already my big concern about the abuse of taxpayer dollars.
“That’s why I continue to work hard to reach a consensus among both parties and both houses on a bill that will resolve these problems once and for all and rightly protect taxpayers. “I’ve been working on this for more than a year and am hopeful my reform bill will be part of the picture as the Legislature discusses pension and benefit reforms in the weeks ahead. “This is common sense and I’m committed to getting this done.”