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Chris Christie Blasts Monroe Mayor Richard Pucci [AUDIO]

During yesterday’s Townsquare Media’s “Ask the Governor,” Governor Chris Christie said the people in New Jersey must be thrilled to be paying for the salary and perks of Richard Pucci.

Richard Pucci
Richard Pucci (Photo Courtesy of Township of Monroe)

Pucci is the mayor of Monroe and the executive director of the Middlesex County Improvement Authority (MCIA).

Pucci’s most recent contract with the MCIA gives him an annual $210,000 salary and a $400 per month car allowance. He also receives 25 vacation days, 14 holidays, and is entitled to full pension and health benefits, as well as compensation for unused vacation days.

“And he’s going to get a $150,000 pension,” said Christie. “How people in New Jersey are thrilled they’re going to be paying that?”

Based on his years of service, if Pucci continues working through 2016 under his current contract and then retires, he will be entitled to an annual pension payment that exceeds $150,000 per year.

“There’s a lot of justification for it. I’ve been there since the beginning. I started it as one employee and now we’re over 600 employees so it’s not as if I’m a Johnny-come-lately. I’ve been here since the beginning. I’m a professional. That’s my career,” said Pucci.

When asked last night by “Ask the Governor” host Eric Scott what he thought about Pucci’s justification explanation and the fact that he calls himself a professional, Christie did not hold back.

“Right, and anybody out there who buys that, I have a bridge for you to buy too that connects Brooklyn and Manhattan. “This guy’s a hack and he’s emblematic of the hacks that populate the Middlesex County Democratic Party.” said Christie.

There is no suggestion that Pucci’s compensation package is in any way illegal and even the Governor acknowledges that, but that doesn’t make things better in his eyes.

“This is ridiculous and it’s shameful and I don’t know under the law whether there’s anything we can do about it, but I’ll guarantee you one thing; this Democratic legislature won’t do anything about it. Their nominee for Governor is from Middlesex County and is part of that entire system,” said Christie.

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