Five stories you may have missed last week

From Executive Editor Paul D'Ambrosio:

Good morning! I hope you had a pleasant week.

Your support of the Asbury Park Press directly helps us keep watch over how your tax dollars are spent (and misspent) by local, county and state governments. Our investigation last year into illegal retirement payouts to public officials exposed how millions of your tax dollars went to waste. And last week the state Comptroller's Office agreed. It issued a blistering report about how towns are ignoring the law by paying out millions for unused sick time. Read the story below.

And our partners at the Bergen Record exposed the free-spending and wild times at Rutgers University's athletic department. That's your tax dollars and, if you have a student at the school, your tuition money being wasted on exotic trips, yoga sessions in Hawaii and $240 per person steak and lobster dinners. And the story is also below.

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Below are five stories from last week, each worth reading if you missed them the first time around.

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Paul D'Ambrosio, executive editor of the Asbury Park Press and
Paul D'Ambrosio, executive editor of the Asbury Park Press and

This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: Asbury Park Press newsletter for Monmouth and Ocean counties