I received an inquiry from a member of the public who was concerned that Cranford (Union County) Police Chief Eric Mason’s wife was still enrolled in the New Jersey State Employee Health Plan despite having been divorced from Mason for two years.  In response to my OPRA request, Division of Pensions and Benefits Assistant Director David J. Pointer, in an August 9, 2012 letter, advised me that since Maryanne Del Negro-Mason’s divorce from Chief Mason was “limited” as opposed to “absolute,” Maryanne “is still entitled to coverage as a ‘dependent’ in the State Health Benefits Program.”

Mr. Pointer’s correspondence to me is on-line here.

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