New Jersey Comptroller

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New Jersey Comptroller
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $9,851,000
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   6 years
Authority:  New Jersey State Statutes, Title 52, Section 15C-2
Selection Method:  Appointed by Governor
Current Officeholder

Marc Larkins.jpg
Name:  Marc Larkins
Assumed office:  December 2013
Other New Jersey Executive Offices
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The Comptroller of the State of New Jersey is the chief financial officer of the government of New Jersey.

The comptroller is responsible for auditing government finances, examining the efficiency of government programs, scrutinizing government contracts, and investigating misconduct, waste and abuse in government.[1]

Current officeholder

The current, and second independent, state comptroller is Marc Larkins. He took office in December 2013.[2]

The previous officeholder was Matthew Boxer, New Jersey's first independent state comptroller.


The Office of the State Comptroller is established in Title 52, Section 15C-2 of the New Jersey State Statutes:

There is established an Office of the State Comptroller. The office shall be established in the Executive Branch of the State government...


Title 52, Section 15C-3 of the New Jersey State Statutes outline the following qualifications for Comptroller: "The State Comptroller shall be a person qualified by education, training, and prior work experience to direct the work of the office and to perform the duties and functions and fulfill the responsibilities of the position."[3]


New Jersey state government organizational chart

The state Comptroller is appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate to serve a six year term.[1]


Title 52, Section 15C-3e of the New Jersey State Statutes addresses vacancies: "A vacancy in the position of State Comptroller due to a cause other than the expiration of the term shall be filled for the unexpired term only in the same manner as the original appointment."[3]


The duties of the comptroller's office include the following:[4]

  • Auditing government finances
  • Examining efficiency of government programs
  • Scrutinizing government contracts
  • Investigating and uncovering misconduct, waste and abuse at all levels of New Jersey Government and within New Jersey's Medicaid program.


The comptroller's office is composed of the following divisions:[5]

  • Audit Division
  • Investigations Division
  • Medicaid Fraud Division
  • Procurement Division

State budget

See also: New Jersey state budget and finances

The budget for the Office of the State Comptroller in Fiscal Year 2013 was $9,851,000.[6]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers

The salaries of state executive officials are determined by the New Jersey State Legislature. State executive officers, along with judicial and legislative officials, have not received salary increases since 2002. A seven-member salary commission determined annual pay for state officials from its creation in 1999 until legislators eliminated the commission in 2014. All cabinet officials under the governor's office receive annual salaries of $141,000 as legislators have not approved pay increases since the commission's elimination.[7][8][9]


In 2014, the comptroller received a salary of $141,000, according to the Council of State Governments.[10]


In 2013, the comptroller's salary remained at $141,000.[11]


In 2010, the comptroller was paid an estimated $141,000 according to the Council of State Governments.[12]

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

State of New Jersey
Office of the State Comptroller
P.O. Box 024
Trenton, NJ 08625

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