Christie – No room for courts in budget process
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Gov. Chris Christie's administration says there is no room for judges to intervene in the state government's budget process.
The administration asserted that in its latest legal filing Thursday in a lawsuit over his plans to make lower contributions to public employee pension funds than called for in a 2011 deal.
The governor contends that it's inappropriate for unions to sue over his proposal for a state budget that's scheduled to kick in July 1.
Christie is calling for a $1.3 billion contribution, which would be the biggest ever for the state government, though it's less than half the size of what was called in the 2011 law.
In a separate suit, the state Supreme Court has scheduled arguments for May on the litigation over the current year's contributions.
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