February 23, 2009
Contact: Andy Pratt / (609) 292-5199
Senator Kevin J. O’Toole (R-40) O’Toole: Legislators Should Share Pain of Furloughs
Senator Kevin O’Toole, R-Bergen, Passaic and Essex, asked all legislators to agree to give back the equivalent of two or more days of pay if Governor Corzine succeeds in winning approval for his proposal to furlough state workers in May and June.
“During these uncertain times, it’s more critical than ever that lawmakers lead by example. Fairness dictates that if we ask thousands of state workers to take two days off without pay, then 40 State Senators and 80 members of the Assembly should make an equal sacrifice.
“Every public servant must pitch in during these difficult times for New Jersey, especially those entrusted with elected office. Character and strong leadership can help us get past the economic crisis. I urge my fellow legislators to show their commitment to wise and just leadership by joining me in giving back a portion of state-paid salaries if furloughs are imposed.”