As Gov. Phil Murphy pushes ahead with a plan to hike more taxes, state Senate President Steve Sweeney is suddenly insisting New Jersey's tax-and-spend mentality must come to an end.

The New Jersey state comptroller said 159 people in the Lakewood area have been accepted into a special amnesty program that allows them to pay back $2.2 million in stolen welfare money without facing criminal prosecution.

Lakewood is certainly not the only town in the state where welfare fraud is taking place.