Christie Seeks Scaling Back Pensions, Health Benefits For N.J. Employees

christieGov. Chris Christie said today he will try this fall to scale back pensions and health benefits for current employees, which would go a step further than changes put in place earlier this year. Christie, in a radio interview, said “real pension reform” is needed to put the state “back on track” and improve the economy. “I have nothing against people who work in the public sector,” he said this morning on WABC-AM. “They work hard, they’re fine folks, and they’re doing a good job, in the main, for the people of our state. But there should be no sector of our society that is shielded from this recession at the expense of all the rest of our society.”

Over the spring, Christie and New Jersey’s Democrat-controlled legislature agreed to offer less generous pensions to future hires and require current employees to pay 1.5 percent of their salaries toward health care plans. Christie today repeated his view that the state needed to go further, and touched on his belief that New Jersey is a split society where public employees are shielded from the effects of the recession while private sector employees suffer. Full story in Star Ledger

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  1. You go Govenor Christie! No one should be exempt. Let’s take this further and start cutting “benefits” for those not legally here, and that means if your parents aren’t legally here, your not legally here. Charity care should be only for true emergent care on the day of service and not a free ride for the year. I like what Hershel said, No CO, you can not be in our schools. I am not am not against a helping hand, but the hand outs have to stop. Before we cut from our own, cut from the ones that just flop here.

  2. To #1

    If your born here you are legally here…..I don’t think that should entitle the parents to stay here but the children are citizens by birthright and NJ’s state supreme court/legislature doesn’t have the authority to say otherwise

  3. Actually, that was never settled before the supreme court. Many constitutional scholars do not agree with your view. A quick google search will show you how controversial this issue is.

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