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Sunday, February 20, 2005

Jim Florio Still A Burden To New Jersey Taxpayers

Former Governor Jim Florio may have been voted out of office, but that hasn’t kept him off New Jersey’s payroll. Shortly after leaving office, Florio has been listed as a full-time employee of Rutgers University at annual salary of $90,947, plus a generous state benefits package. As an added bonus, his state pension will be boosted by his time at Rutgers.

Florio moonlights at Rutgers downtown New Brunswick campus as a "university professor", teaching one class, with 10 students, that meets for just under two hours on Mondays. Part-time instructors at the state university make about $3,300 per course and receive no benefits.

James W. Hughes, Dean of the university's Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy says “Florio provides full-time value for the school, smoothing the way and otherwise making introductions when the school needs to deal with state agencies and corporate donors.”

In addition to his Rutgers job, Florio is chairman and CEO of Xspand, a tax-lien collection firm with several lucrative municipal contracts in New Jersey. The former Governor also is associated with the New York law firm of Fischbein Badillo Wagner Harding, known for its lobbying prowess.




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