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Embattled Sen. Kruger's Chief of Staff pulls highest pay (updated)

The state senate released its twice-a-year report on expenditures today. One of the most interesting things that popped out? Embattled Senator Carl Kruger's chief of staff, Jason Koppel, was by far the highest-paid staffer for any individual member, raking in just over (like, literally, by one cent) $81,000 for his services.

The next closest member--Senator Kevin Parker's counsel Richard Berkley--was paid about $18,500 less.

The Senator's office didn't immediately provide comment on the expenditure. Sen. Kruger An associate of Senator Kruger this past week was was given three years probation and fined $15,000 for lying to FBI agents. The senator has been caught up in a bribery scheme since 2009.

More soon.