Cynicism about politics is cheap and wearisome, but revelations about purported "public servants" profiting at taxpayer expense can be downright exhausting.
Consider the report this week by New Jersey Comptroller A. Matthew Boxer, who found that private attorneys and other professionals whom a 2007 law deems ineligible for public pension benefits are still sucking them up.
"Despite the clear mandate of (the law) and the accompanying guidance provided to local (governments), an overwhelming majority of (those) surveyed...failed to comply," Boxer said in a statement. The non-compliance in just the 58 municipalities surveyed could be costing those of us who pay taxes in New Jersey $2.2 million a year.
A 40-page testament to the persistent if not permanent gall of Jersey pols and their pals, Boxer's report did not, alas, name names. But it did cite offending municipalities statewide.