TRENTON - Attorney General Anne Milgram is urging New Jersey lawmakers to revise the pay scale for state prosecutors to put them on par with other lawyers on the state payroll.

Milgram, who will leave office next month, said yesterday the salary situation was nearing a crisis. With an average starting salary of $58,000, deputy attorneys general make less than public defenders and lawyers in the Public Advocate's Office, among others.

After five years, almost 90 percent earn less than $63,000. After eight years, 83 percent still make less than $70,000.

Lawyers in the Public Advocate's and Public Defender's Offices are unionized; deputy attorneys general are not.   

- AP