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.”Letter-to-The-Honorable-Maher-Muoio-from-Asm-Scharfenberger_April-2020