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Fair or not, N.J. public pension and health benefits have become symbols of excess

Fair or not, N.J. public pension and health benefits have become symbols of excess
BY CARL GOLDEN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

In his quest to secure a massive overhaul of the public employee pension and health benefits package, Gov. Chris Christie has two formidable weapons available to him — a continuing and rising discontent with government spending and taxes and sobering data proving conclusively that failure to act will send the system tumbling into a black hole of insolvency, taking the state budget, public employees and retirees along with it.

The pension fund is staggering under an unfunded liability of $50 billion to more than $100 billion — depending on whose estimate you are willing to accept — and, if unchanged, will become unsustainable.

The Governor's proposals to reform the system brought cries of outrage from public employee union officials, along with threats of litigation to block their implementation.

Senate President Steve Sweeney labeled the Governor's plan a non-starter unless the Administration follows through on its obligation to make a substantial contribution to the pension fund. Sweeney believes the system is in need of serious revisions, but feels that the Administration should live up to its commitment.

 

Don't turn NJN into the No Jersey Network

Don't turn NJN into the No Jersey Network
BY THE SIERRA CLUB NEW JERSEY CHAPTER
COMMENTARY

The Sierra Club opposes the potential sale and privatization of NJN, one of New Jersey's greatest assets. Along with our beaches, forests and state parks...

Christie's income tax cut pledge doesn't pass the taste test

Christie's income tax cut pledge doesn't pass the taste test
BY JOSH McMAHON
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

Gov. Chris Christie's latest promise to lower income taxes in two or three years would be about as good for the state as one of those pumpkin Dunkin Donut...

Chris Christie could be rising star Republicans need

Chris Christie could be rising star Republicans need
BY STEVE ADUBATO
COMMENTARY

So New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is on the road campaigning for Republican candidates throughout the country. It's not the first time a Garden State governor has left t...

Christie succeeds at keeping New Jersey’s school employees on unemployment rolls

Christie succeeds at keeping New Jersey’s school employees on unemployment rolls
BY BARBARA KESHISHIAN
COMMENTARY

Gov. Chris Christie's strategy to keep 3,900 out-of-work school employees on the unemployment rolls for another year seems to be working. After intentionally delaying hi...

Christie needs to understand that job creation is main issue facing New Jersey

Christie needs to understand that job creation is main issue facing New Jersey
BY ALBERT COUTINHO
COMMENTARY

By any measure you use, it's clear that our state government has been extremely active over the past few years trying to change our state.

In just the past eight months, the...

Christine O’Donnell and sexual politics from M to Z

Christine O’Donnell and sexual politics from M to Z
BY SUSIE WILSON
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
SEX MATTERS

Christine O'Donnell's surprise victory in the Republican primary for U.S. in Delaware, which put her in the media's eye, and a story about Zestra, a new ...

Planned Parenthood’s abortion business shouldn’t be funded by New Jersey taxpayers

Planned Parenthood’s abortion business shouldn’t be funded by New Jersey taxpayers
BY MARIE TASY
COMMENTARY

Several lawmakers have spent the entire summer criticizing Governor Christie for vetoing $7.5 million for Planned Parenthood and family planning clinics. These lawmakers hav...

Tea Party isn't any party for the Republicans

Tea Party isn't any party for the Republicans
EDITORIAL CARTOON BY MIKE SCOTT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The GOP thought the Tea Party would hurt only the Democrats, but the Tea Party — after Christine O'Donnell's defeat of veteran politician Mike Castl...

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