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Christie Asks For Public Help Against Unused Sick Payouts [AUDIO]

Christie - Spotswood town hall
David Matthau, Townsquare Media NJ

Governor Christie says there’s no way he’ll agree to a democratic proposal to allow public sector workers to collect up to 75 hundred dollars in bonus money for unused sick days when they retire. Addressing the issue at a town hall meeting in Spotswood, the Governor asked members of the public who agree with him to log on to nj-dot-gov, and click on the Legislature icon to find out their state representative and then “click on their email address – the email thing will pop up – send em an email – and just say real simple – sick pay – zero means zero – that’s it…I know it’s Christmas, I know you’ve got a lot of other things to do – I know New Years is coming, but if you just start sending these folks emails – just say on sick pay – zero means zero – believe me, they’ll get the idea of what you mean. ”

Christie said “we need to start telling these legislators – you’re the special interest they need to be looking out for- not anybody else- you’re the one who’s paying this bill…there are lots of things in government that are complicated that we try to fix, and that sometimes you don’t pick the right solution- this isn’t complicated – this one’s easy…this one’s been hanging around for a year now – so I’m starting to get worried- I can’t get it done just by myself and I need you to help me…the email thing is quick – it’s about 6 or 7 keystrokes and you’re done from beginning to end – do that and let them hear how you feel.”

The Governor added “I know they know that we’re right about this – but they’re scared – they’re scared the special interests will go after them – the people who are receiving this money will go after them – we need to give them backup…I think we’ll have a win on this one – and going forward you won’t have to pay for people not being sick anymore.”

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