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NJ State Troopers Taking Christie to Court

A state judge will decide whether Governor Christie's reduction of pension plans is legal.

New Jersey State Police troopers are taking Governor Chris Christie to court for his plan to reduce pension payments. Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson agreed yesterday to hear the case. 

Christie plans to balance the state budget by taking $2.4 billion out of pension funds for public workers, beginning with a $1.5 billion reduction in the new fiscal year, beginning July 1. 

State Police unions will challenge the reduction, which breaks a law covering pension reform that Christie signed in 2010. The plan has upset several unions in addition to the state troopers. 

Hetty Rosenstein, the state director of the Communications Workers of America, told the Star Ledger that "Christie's actions are immoral. 

"Governor Christie is not only breaking his word, but he's also breaking the law in failing to make these pension payments," Rosenstein said.

The cuts will affect 700,000 active enrollments and retirees, according to the Asbury Park Press. 

Christie's spokesman, Michael Drewniak, refused questions from the Star Ledger, saying, "We will address the claims in court as necessary." 

Brandy the Dog June 23, 2014 at 11:25 PM
Assumed rate of return? Thank you Governor Florio for destroying the economy of the once great Garden State. The public takers will milk us dry until NJ is the motor city!
Spooner June 24, 2014 at 10:42 AM
In all fairness to Florio, you had the stock market collapse of 1987, then the housing clash and after that, the recession: all contributed to red ink when he came into office. And on the other side of the political scale, was the growing union power to spend-spend-Spend!
CC June 24, 2014 at 12:58 PM
Bill - TWICE my response to you was DELETED. Guess "they" don't want the cat out of the bag!!! Arizona is NOT the only state that had children dropped off. New York AND Connecticut just had airplanes full of them dropped off....and NO vaccines!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Keep deleting and I WILL keep writing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sal July 05, 2014 at 11:19 AM
State workers pensions were NEVER something any union negotiated for or ask for or demanded. The Pensions are something the state OFFERED to attract the workers they needed. The State of NJ said " Come and work for us and this is what we will give you as Compensation for working for the state of NJ. Their pensions are a Part of their salary (their workers Compensation/wages) and something the state OFFERED to pay their employees. The workers cannot take back their 20, 30, 40 years of loyal service and the state is trying to take back compensation that the state had agreed to pay their workers when they were hired. When any employer offers to pay a any worker a pension to get the worker to work for them __ the pension just like a paycheck is part of the Compensation they have worked for.
William July 05, 2014 at 09:24 PM
Sal where did you get that info from, And if what you say is true then the state is not breaking any laws or Contracts, Offers are taken back in the private sector . Agreements are broken also. Many company's offer benefits that are rescinded at will. I know this first Hand When Salary non union workers lost their benefits because They were a Given as you say The public workers received and Hourly Unionized workers retained theirs, because The Benefits were were in there contracts That were Negotiated, Case in Point General Motors Linden, The Hourly Union Kept their Health Care also But Salary non union lost all theirs. Nothing is Guaranteed ask The Toyota and Saturn workers Promises Made and Broken, And when wages reach a tipping point promises are broken, Better a Pc, Of Pie then NO Pie,


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