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Bayonne’s Government Employees Banking Six-Figure Salaries

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There's a new mayor in town in Bayonne. However, at the same time that Jimmy Davis will be heading into City Hall, the fiscal year is closing and now some people are questioning the six-figure salaries that many Bayonne government employees are getting.

Outgoing Mayor Mark Smith wasn’t available for comment, but spokesman Joe Ryan said that this is a nonissue and that these people earned their salaries.

“Department directors salaries here in Bayonne are set by ordinance following a public hearing so the public does have the opportunity to comment either for or against proposed salaries for department directors,” he said.

The salaries in question range from over $130,000 for the city attorney on down to just over $100,000 for someone who works in the finance department. While both the police and fire departments are left off the list, as many as 75% of their employees also make over $100,000 a year.

New Mayor Jimmy Davis said that his administration is definitely going to take a long look at the six-figure salaries especially in the wake of the town’s budget issues.

Social media seems to be evenly split on this issue with some saying six-figure salaries for government workers are ridiculous and others saying these people work hard, long days and they deserve it.

“Well my first take on it is that it does need context. There are plenty of municipalities where public officials get paid a lot more than they do in Bayonne, for example the administrator in Princeton I believe makes $180,000 a year. I think in Atlantic City its $140,000 a year,” Ryan continued.

 

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