Keep the Change: Audit Finds New Jersey Turnpike Authority Worker Receiving $321,985 Salary and Benefits

Next time you pass through the New Jersey Turnpike, you might want to ask the worker for a loan. Auditors recently found millions in unwarranted bonuses to workers on the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway. A total of $43 million was found wasted.

One worker stands out in the report. The worker had a $73,469 base salary but earned $321,985 with payouts and bonuses. At that salary, he or she could have been a manager in Bell, California.

The audit also found that the improper bonuses were not even tied to actual performance. It is easy to see how you can inflate your salary from the details of the report. For example, employees were first paid overtime for working holidays and removing snow. They were then given bonuses for working holidays and removing snow. There was even nearly $90,000 for scholarships for workers’ kids. Then there was the money paid for a “toll operators event” that lacked only one thing: toll operators. No one actually went to the event but it was still paid for by the Turnpike.

The Turnpike has announced the need to increase tolls in 2012.

Source; Land Line

36 thoughts on “Keep the Change: Audit Finds New Jersey Turnpike Authority Worker Receiving $321,985 Salary and Benefits”

  1. BTW:
    It seems o be feast or famine here in the state,for our state and municipal workers:

    Newark sanitation workers protest layoffs, ask city residents for support By David Giambusso/The Star-Ledger
    October 21, 2010, 9:00AM
    NEWARK — Hauling hundreds of tons of trash each week is one of the city’s lowest-paying jobs, but it has kept food on the table for scores of Newark workers, and some say it’s kept them out of jail. Yesterday, 40 Newark sanitation workers gathered in the pre-dawn darkness of the city’s South Ward offering to collect trash on…

  2. eniobob,

    Excellent idea … donate some of it for toilet paper at rest stops … children everywhere will thank you 🙂

  3. I thought it was only me having trouble posting,Well I’m out the door on my way to fill an application at the Turnpike Authority.
    That would be one way to get some of my tax money back:=)

  4. I’m having difficulty posting … lag time is really noticeable so I’m going to go sacrifice a couple of virgins to the computer god and try again later today.

  5. I’ve got to get moving this morning so keep your Chin up.

    I’m surprised we haven’t gotten an update from Maxene

  6. Thats why it looks like people are double posting.

    Saw it happen to mesp, byron and me yesterday

  7. Yea everyone is. When you click submit it doesn’t look like you posted anything

  8. Hey there Bda … things are moving slow on the posting end … you having any trouble posting?

  9. Man the Blue Angels are in town this weekend and they just rattled the windows in the whole neighborhood. Could not imagine what that would be like followed by an earth shattering Ka-BOOM

  10. Let’s see,

    AIG = bailout = Republicans

    Goldman Sachs = bailout = Republicans

    Banks = bailout = Republicans

    Wall Street = bailout = Republicans

    Jan. 21, 2008, stock prices tumbled = recession = Republican

    TARP created by the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act on October 3, 2008 = $218 billion = Republican

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