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Christie Again Calls for Pension Changes

Gov. Chris Christie is renewing his calls for state lawmakers to enhance pension reforms.

Gov. Chris Christie
Gov. Chris Christie in studio for ‘Ask the Governor,’ April 21, 2014 (Annette Petriccione, Townsquare Media NJ)

Speaking Monday on his monthly Townsquare radio network show, the governor noted that in the 2015 fiscal year, the state expects to pay more for retiree benefits than it will for benefits earned by active employees.

Citing the bankruptcy filing made last year by Detroit as an example, Christie said the state’s spending on benefits was simply “not sustainable.”

In a related matter, Christie said that he and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto have been discussing proposals that would limit property tax increases by limiting raises to some police and firefighters.

More highlights from the April Ask the Governor program

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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