Scharfenberger forgoes legislative salary until his constituents’ unemployment claims are fulfilled

Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger

Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger, PhD, (R-Monmouth) is forgoing his legislative salary until the unemployment insurance claims of his LD-13 constituents are fulfilled.

In a letter to State Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio, Scharfenberger asked that his salary be withheld effective today as he stands with his constituents who have been told they have to wait 4-6 weeks to collect the benefit they have paid into.

“My staff and I have been working seven days a week yielding countless phone calls and emails from residents who have lost either all or part of their income due to this public health crisis,” said Dr. Scharfenberger.  “They have sought state unemployment insurance, calling on a daily basis only to be told to be patient and they may have to wait another 4 to 6 weeks.  This is unacceptable and as leaders in this State, we cannot allow families to struggle to meet the basic necessities of life.  We must show that we stand with them, especially in these hard times.”

“With that I ask that you withhold my salary, effective April 20th, 2020, until every one of my constituents’ state unemployment claims has been fulfilled,” Scharfenberger said. “ I cannot, in good conscience, continue to accept a salary while these issues remain unresolved and my constituents struggle through no fault of their own.”


Posted: April 20th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, LD 13, Legislature, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , | 3 Comments »

3 Comments on “Scharfenberger forgoes legislative salary until his constituents’ unemployment claims are fulfilled”

  1. How much said at 3:31 pm on April 20th, 2020:

    is his salary?

  2. They get said at 1:27 pm on April 21st, 2020:

    around $49,000 for part- time, plus good benefits, and can spend about $120,000 for staff.

  3. Tricia said at 11:32 pm on April 22nd, 2020:

    Thank you Assembyman Scharfenberger for standing up for the residents of NJ who are struggling financially at this difficult time and as many struggle. I applaud you for your leadership and for putting the residents first. You have been a champion for holding the line on property taxes as a local leader. This will certainly help NJ residents pay their taxes (which account for a large portion of NJ residents monthly bills) pay for their healthcare and for groceries, etc.