New Jersey’s newest congressional candidate wants a pay cut.
Rainier Prijten, a Republican who has entered the race to challenge freshman Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) in 2020, said he would take a $60,000 pay cut — “phased in,” he says.
“A member of Congress should not make more than the average income of the district he/she represents,” said Prijten, a former Morgan Stanley vice president.
He says New Jersey’s 11th district has an average annual income of $112,000. Congressman make $174,000-per-year.
“I admire my opponent’s decision not to get paid during a government shut down, but she still gets paid 60K more than the median income of her district when the government is not shut down,” Prijten said. “We must stop it.”