Booker Aide Retires on Disability, Reemerges on Public Payroll


A police officer who drove Newark Mayor Cory Booker retired on disability only to get a new job on the public payroll.

Detective Hector Rodriguez fell off a ladder during a training exercise and suffered a herniated disc. He retired from the police force on April 1 only to be rehired within three weeks as security director for the Newark Housing authority. Between his job and his pension, Rodriguez earns $143,000.

Police and Firemen’s Retirement System board of trustees member John Sierchio called it a perfect example of what’s wrong with the pension system. He says the board will investigate the Rodriguez case.