Pension penalty removed for trooper in Corzine crash

Posted: July 26, 2012

TRENTON - The New Jersey state trooper who was driving former Gov. Jon S. Corzine's SUV when it crashed five years ago will get a bigger pension than he was initially granted, the Newark Star-Ledger reported.

The state pension board on Tuesday accepted an administrative law judge's ruling reversing the board's 2010 denial of Robert Rasinski's bid for an accidental disability pension. The case was sealed by the judge, meaning the reasoning won't be disclosed, the paper said.

The board had found that Rasinski bore significant responsibility for the accident and granted him a less-generous disability pension that equaled 40 percent of his salary, rather than the two-thirds he will now get. At the time of the 2010 board ruling, Rasinski said he suffered back pain and post-traumatic stress.

Investigators found Rasinski was driving Corzine at 91 m.p.h. when the SUV struck another vehicle and veered into a guardrail in 2007. Corzine suffered 15 broken bones and spent 18 days in the hospital. Rasinski served a three-day suspension after an internal investigation. - AP

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