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4 Reasons Chris Christie Accused of Using NJ Pension Issue for Politics

4 Reasons Chris Christie Accused of Using NJ Pension Issue for Politics
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Remember how the New Jersey Education Association was going to work with a commission appointed by the Christie administration on a framework for restructuring public employee pension and health benefits?

Yeah, they don’t either. But the Association says they have good reasons for ending the talks yesterday.

“If we had it to do over again, we would never have signed the memo describing concepts we discussed,” said NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer, according to NorthJersey.com. “It was misrepresented by the governor, and that distracted everyone from the real priority: requiring the state to fund the pensions for which our members have paid their share on each and every payday throughout their careers.”

The NJEA wants Christie to follow a 2011 law that he signed requiring pension payments to reach their full amount over a seven-year period. "The law is the law," Steinhauer said, according to The Asbury Park Press. "Gov. Christie signed needs to obey it by making the full annual contribution this year, next year, and every year beyond, as the statute explicitly requires."

Christie’s reform proposal called for pensions to be frozen, and union members to join investment plans similar to a 401(k). Steinhauer said, according to NJ.com, "Ultimately, there was no consensus reached on any of the broad concepts we discussed with the commission, and there are serious concerns about some of those concepts.”

 

Next NJ Governor? Steve Sweeney and Steve Fulop Leave Door Wide Open for Phil Murphy

Next NJ Governor? Steve Sweeney and Steve Fulop Leave Door Wide Open for Phil Murphy
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

It seems like the category known as “I don’t know” has become the popular favorite among New Jersey voters in the upcoming political elections.

According to a new poll, ...

Doe with Arrow Through Face Spotted in Manalapan

Doe with Arrow Through Face Spotted in Manalapan
BY ANGI METLER
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

MANALPAN – Several residents have called the Animal Protection League of New Jersey after they spotted a deer with an arrow through her face wandering in ...

NJ Decapitated Baby Sketched by Police to Get Help From Public

NJ Decapitated Baby Sketched by Police to Get Help From Public
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Five months after a decapitated infant was found in Monmouth County, authorities have turned to the public for help.

A composite sketch of the child plus a picture of on...

When Are NJ Transit Fares Going Up 9 Percent?

When Are NJ Transit Fares Going Up 9 Percent?
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

New Jersey Transit is facing a massive budget deficit for the 2016 fiscal year, and may be turning to its commuters for help.

Reports are saying that cost-cutting measur...

Taxpayers Subsidize New Jersey Low-Wage Employers To the Tune Of At Least $3.3 Billion a Year

Taxpayers Subsidize New Jersey Low-Wage Employers To the Tune Of At Least $3.3 Billion a Year
BY JON WHITEN
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

While business lobbyists and low-wage employers continue to fight efforts to further increase the minimum wage or to grant earned sick days in New Jersey, a...

3 Reasons Chris Christie Says He’s Not Rich

3 Reasons Chris Christie Says He’s Not Rich
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

How did you do in filing your income tax returns on Wednesday? Our own Governor Chris Christie says he’s not one of the one percent.

The governor sounds like he is flust...

New Jersey Boasts About PARCC Testing

New Jersey Boasts About PARCC Testing
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The numbers are growing for New Jersey’s controversial Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers standardized testing.

Numbers of students refusing...

N.J. Court Rules Housing Trust Fund Raid is Illegal

N.J. Court Rules Housing Trust Fund Raid is Illegal
BY TOM HESTER
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
In a decision issued yesterday in an appeal filed by Fair Share Housing Center, the Appellate Division of the Superior Court blocked the Christie Administr...
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