Christie Takes Action On The Budget and Takes Questions From The Press

Governor Chris Christie will announce his line item vetoes of the NJ State Budget that the Democratic Legislature presented to him yesterday and take questions from the NJ Press Corp for the first time this year at 11:30 this morning.

Watch Christie’s remarks here courtesy of NJTV and YouTube.

Posted: June 26th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, New Jersey State Budget | Tags: , | 1 Comment »

Christie promises veto of Dems’ tax increases, mum on pension cuts

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie took a scolding tone with the state’s Democratic lawmakers Thursday night, saying he planned to veto $1.1 billion in tax hikes outright but declining to say how much smaller the state’s contribution to the pension system would be. On his monthly radio show on New Jersey 101.5, Christie answered “yes” to… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 26th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , | No Comments »

N.J. Democrats say they’ll make good on $3.1 billion pension promise with budget

assetContentTRENTON — Democratic lawmakers on Monday are expected to reveal their plan for a state budget they say would bridge the gap between the $1.3 billion Gov. Chris Christie wants to spend on public worker pensions next year and the $3.1 billion unions are demanding. That plan likely relies on the controversial millionaires’ tax and a… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 21st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey State Budget | Tags: , , , | 4 Comments »

Key excerpts from N.J. Supreme Court ruling on pensions

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TRENTON — In a major blow to the New Jersey’s thousands of public workers, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday the Christie administration is not obligated to make the payments it promised under a 2011 law intended to sure up the state pension system. In a 5-2 decision, the court said the law, known as Chapter… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 9th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, NJ Constitution, NJ Courts, NJ Supreme Court, Pensions | Tags: , | 6 Comments »

Christie calls for interested parties to “come to the table” to solve pension crisis

Photo by Paul Scharff

Photo by Paul Scharff

Governor Chris Christie reacted to the New Jersey Supreme Court decision that he has the authority to cut pension payments from the State Budget and that the political branches of government…the Governor and Legislature…not the Court…must “deal with one another to forge a solution to the tenuous financial status of New Jersey’s pension funding in a way that comports with the strictures of our constitution,” by calling for “all interested parties” to come together and solve the New Jersey’s pension and benefit crisis “once and for all.”

“This decision is an important victory not only for our taxpayers who simply cannot afford these unsustainably high costs, but for limited, constitutional government that recognizes the proper role of the executive and legislative branches of government,” the Governor said in a statement issued by his office, “The Court’s position is clear, as is mine, it is time to move forward and work together to find a tangible, long-term solution to make our pension system and public employee health benefit costs affordable and sustainable for generations to come. In light of today’s decision, I urge all interested parties to come back to the table and partner with me to finally solve this problem once and for all.”

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, R-Monmouth, the Assembly Republican Budget Officer, said,

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Posted: June 9th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Declan O'Scanlon, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, NJ Senate Republicans, Pensions | Tags: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

N.J. Supreme Court sides with Christie in billion dollar pension dispute

assetContentTRENTON — The state Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that Gov. Chris Christie can slash billions of dollars in contributions from New Jersey’s troubled public employee pension system. The court’s ruling caps an intense fight for pension funding and deals a major blow to the state’s labor unions, who challenged Christie’s spending cuts. Christie had sought… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 9th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, News | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on N.J. Supreme Court sides with Christie in billion dollar pension dispute

Former Gov. Tom Kean: Christie must confront N.J. pension crisis, report says

Governor Chris Christie and former Governor Tom Kean Sr celebrate the first annual Livingston Day, April 11, 2013. Photo by Tim Larsen/Governor's Office

Governor Chris Christie and former Governor Tom Kean Sr celebrate the first annual Livingston Day, April 11, 2013. Photo by Tim Larsen/Governor’s Office

TRENTON — Former Jersey Gov. Tom Kean had strong words of warning about Gov. Chris Christie’s recent lack of progress in solving the state’s pension crisis, but said the Republican governor shouldn’t be counted out of the 2016 race for the White House. Visiting St. Petersburg, Fla., to give the commencement address at Eckerd College on… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 12th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, New Jersey State Budget, Pensions, Tom Kean Sr | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Former Gov. Tom Kean: Christie must confront N.J. pension crisis, report says

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments about Payments to Public-Worker Pensions

RabnerIt was just four years ago that Gov. Chris Christie and Democrats in the Legislature struck a deal on a bipartisan plan to address years of underfunding the public-employee pension system. The legislation mandated increased contributions into the system from both from the state and its workers.… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 7th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Christie Administration, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, NJ Constitution, NJ Courts, NJ Judiciary, NJ Supreme Court | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Senate president: Come home, Chris Christie. N.J. needs you

IMG_3507TRENTON — Senate President Stephen Sweeney has a message for Gov. Chris Christie: Log off Twitter, come home and work to fix the state’s economy. “He actually needs to be back here meeting with the legislative leadership. He needs to be back here with a plan on what we’re going to do to fix this place,”… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 28th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, Economy, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, NJ State Legislature, Stephen Sweeney | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

N.J. Legislature will fully fund pension in 2016, senate president vows

IMG_9153 (640x391)TRENTON — State Senate President Stephen Sweeney does not leave room for doubt when he says the Democratic-led state Legislature will fully fund New Jersey’s public worker pension system next year. “We’re going to fund it,” he said. Democratic leaders say they’re forging ahead with plans to make a $3.1 billion contribution into a pension system… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 26th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, Chris Christie, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, NJ State Legislature, Stephen Sweeney | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on N.J. Legislature will fully fund pension in 2016, senate president vows