Except when it comes to his own staff, of course:
TRENTON — There are nearly twice as many people making $100,000 or more per year in Gov. Chris Christie’s administration than under his predecessor, according to an Associated Press analysis that the governor’s office disputes.
The AP analysis found that while Christie, a Republican, is proposing laying off 1,300 state workers, he is spending nearly $2 million more on annual salaries than his predecessor, former Gov. Jon S. Corzine, a Democrat.
According to an Asbury Park Press online database of 2009 public payroll records, 18 people made $100,000 or more in 2009 under Corzine. According to payroll records posted on Christie’s website on April 8, 34 people in his administration make six figures — including the governor himself, who makes $175,000 by law.
Christie’s payroll is $8.9 million for 117 people. That figure doesn’t include Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, who makes $141,000 — the same as all cabinet members because she also serves as the secretary of state.
Using Christie’s figures and those from the Asbury Park Press, the average salary under Corzine was $67,961; the average under Christie is $76,068.
Christie spokesman Mike Drewniak disputed the difference in salaries, saying Corzine parked staff members in other departments to make it look as though there were fewer people on his payroll.