(TLS file photo of Assemblyman Joesph Malone (L) and Assemblyman Ronald Dancer) A Republican lawmaker says he will introduce legislation freezing New Jersey public workers’ salaries for one to three years. The bill would also freeze taxes. Assemblyman Joseph Malone of Burlington County says the move would keep property taxes in check and avert teacher layoffs. New Jerseyans pay the highest property taxes in the country, averaging $7,300 per household. State worker union spokeswoman Hetty Rosenstein called the proposal “a dismantling of collective bargaining.” Rosenstein said unions would sue to stop any effort to override their contracts.
Malone’s announcement came Thursday as the Assembly Budget Committee met to discuss New Jersey’s underfunded pension system and ways to fix it. AP/APP