Assembly members Dawn Marie Addiego (R-Evesham) and Scott Rudder (R-Medford) want to cut legislative salaries– starting with their own.
The Burlington County Republicans said today that they will waive 10 percent of their legislative salaries in solidarity with New Jersey’s financially struggling residents, and plan to introduce a bill to trim all legislators’ salaries by the same amount if they don’t follow their example.
Rudder, a business development manager at Lockheed Martin, and Addiego, an attorney, said they will take home $44,100 instead of the normal $49,000.
“This isn’t an easy thing to do. It is the right thing to do,” said Addiego in a statement. “The economy is in turmoil. Too many New Jersey residents are losing their jobs or taking pay cuts. We are standing with them, sharing the burden.”
“We’re hoping that other legislators will follow our example and cut their salaries, too,” said Rudder. “But just in case, we are introducing a bill that requires a 10 percent reduction in compensation for all members of the Legislature.”