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New Jersey Assembly Passes Pension Bill

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A bill requiring New Jersey public workers to pay more for pension and health benefits passed the New Jersey Assembly on Thursday evening.

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Christie and Democrats Poised For Big Win Over Labor in NJ

Monday, June 20, 2011

In Trenton, protesting public workers hope to evoke the imagery of George Washington's come from behind win at the Battle of Trenton when they cross the Delaware behind a detachment of Revolutionary War re-enactors.

Today, New Jersey’s state Senate is expected to pass bipartisan  legislation backed by Gov. Chris Christie that would require the state's public workers to pay a lot more for their health and pension benefits.

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The Takeaway

Collective Bargaining Debate Hits New Jersey

Monday, June 20, 2011

When Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker threatened the collective bargaining rights of Wisconsin’s public sector employees earlier this year, large scale protests assembled almost overnight as the eyes of the world descended on the Badger State. It was déjà vu in the Garden State last week, when the New Jersey State Senate approved a bill which would radically change the health care, pensions and bargaining rights of over 500,000 public sector employees. Just a decade ago, a move against pensions would be political suicide. So why are voters and lawmakers changing their state budget tactics now?

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NJ Senate Panel Votes 9 to 4 to Approve Pension Bill

Friday, June 17, 2011

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie took a preliminary victory lap on Thursday evening, celebrating the passage in committee earlier in the day of a public employee benefit reform plan he said would generate $122 billion in savings over the next 30 years for the state's beleaguered pension system. The Governor spoke during a call-in show hosted by WNET and WNYC.

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WNYC News

Ask Chris Christie

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The phones will be open from 7-8 p.m. tonight as Brian Lehrer talks all about New Jersey and Governor Chris Christie.

Listen to the broadcast.

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WNYC News

Christie Strikes Bipartisan Deal on State Employee Benefits in New Jersey

Thursday, June 16, 2011

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and the Democratically controlled legislative leaders have reached a deal on remaking the state's pension and health plans for state employees — a bipartisan deal to scale back state employee benefits in New Jersey.

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New Jersey Teachers Target Republican Christie, and Democrat Sweeney for Pension Plan

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

In a move that's becoming increasingly familiar across the country, Governor Chris Christie is asking public employees to contribute more of their income to their pensions and health care. New legislation could force towns and school districts to purchase private health plans, rather than participate in a government program which critics allege has lost over $200 million in recent years.

But unlike other states, the proposal in New Jersey is bipartisan, sort of: the plan represents a compromise between Republican Governor Christie and Democratic State Senate President Stephen Sweeney.

And now state unions are targeting them both as the New Jersey legislative nears its budget deadline at the end of the month.

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Preview: Chris Christie Takes New Jersey's Questions

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The system is about to go bankrupt. If the governor doesn't get a compromise with Democrats in the legislature, and the system goes bust, you can forget about running for president. And to his credit, he's trying to get it done.

— WNET anchorSteve Adubato on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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