TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- A Republican state lawmaker who thinks that elected officials should be held to a higher standard is calling for tougher penalties for politicians convicted of crimes.
Sen. Jennifer Beck, R-Monmouth, wants legislative leaders to pass a bill that would automatically strip politicians who are convicted of public corruption of their retirement benefits. The law would apply no matter when the crimes were committed.
N.J. Bill Would Strip Corrupt Politicians of Benefits
A law that went into effect in April 2007 makes it impossible for a government employee to collect any pension benefits after a corruption conviction or guilty plea. That law makes pension forfeitures automatic and prison time mandatory for government employees, including politicians, who accept bribes, launder money or commit related felonies.
Beck's bill would amend that law to include all political corruption convictions, not just crimes committed after the '07 law was passed.