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Millions Spent On NJ State Worker Perks

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If you like the idea of being paid to go holiday shopping or attend weddings or collecting a bonus for working on your birthday, we may have found the job for you.

But just remember, if you live in New Jersey, "It's Your Dime."

Jeff Cole of Fox Investigates reported on the perks that some New Jersey public workers get and why those perks may be going away.

Elected officials in some New Jersey communities are up-in-arms and threatening lawsuits after the state held back over $20-million in municipal aid last week.

Governor Jon Corzine says he's trying to close a billion-dollar hole in the current state budget.

As the fiscal controversy rages, a state investigative panel finds mind-numbing waste in public employee benefit programs and "It's Your Dime."

The report is the result of an investigation of perks for local government workers by New Jersey’s Commission of Investigation.

Investigators believe they've unearthed a startling $39-million dollars worth of excess cash benefit payouts to public employees.

For example, Camden is one of New Jersey’s poorest cities, but the panel found 20 city workers shared more than $2.3 million in cash payouts when they left their jobs.

In the gambling mecca of Atlantic City, retiring police, fire men and women hit the jackpot by collecting more than $13.7 million in cash for unused leave.

And as the holidays approach, in the Hudson County community of Union City, investigators found all civilian municipal employees received one day of paid leave every year for Christmas shopping.

Because this is the work of New Jersey's Commission of Investigation, we are not going to add the $39-million to our "It's Your Dime" taxpayer tab, which now stands at $8,208,381.

But we wanted to make you aware of the Commission's stunning findings. In the weeks ahead, we'll drill down into the investigation and show you the big bucks some workers received just to walk away.

And remember, we want to hear from you. If you have examples of government waste or unnecessary spending, call our tip line at 888-267-8214 or visit our Fox 29 Investigates Web page.

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