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Christie’s ex-coach backs retirement bill


LIVINGSTON (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s former high school baseball coach is urging the governor to sign into law a bill that would allow retired teachers to keep coaching without risking their pensions.

Gov. Christie at bat during charity softball game at Yankee Stadium
Gov. Christie at bat during charity softball game at Yankee Stadium (Governor’s Office/ Mykwain Gainey)

The measure that received final passage on Thursday would cover coaching stipends of $10,000 or less.

Under current law, retired teachers must end their relationships with a school district for 180 days before they can coach or risk losing pension benefits.

Tony Hope was Christie’s baseball coach at Livingston High School where Christie was a catcher and first baseman on a championship team 34 years ago.

Hope tells The Home News Tribune Christie is aware of the value of long-term coaches and he’s sure Christie will agree there’s no legitimate reason for the rule.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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