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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, center, delivering his budget address in Trenton Feb. 25.  (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, center, delivering his budget address in Trenton Feb. 25. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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Could pension ruling be a New Jersey budget buster?

Since delivering his State Budget Address in February, Gov. Chris Christie has used his town hall meetings throughout the state as a vehicle to call for more public employees' pension reform. He has repeatedly said that the unfunded liability for pensions and health benefits is almost three times the state budget. Republicans in the Legislature are supporting Christie, but the top Democrat in the NJ Senate is not.

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Gov. Chris Christie listens to a question as he addresses a gathering at Hackensack University Medical Center Wednesday. Christie said that there is no indication that a West African passenger taken to a Newark hospital Tuesday has been infected by the Ebola virus. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Gov. Chris Christie listens to a question as he addresses a gathering at Hackensack University Medical Center Wednesday. Christie said that there is no indication that a West African passenger taken to a Newark hospital Tuesday has been infected by the Ebola virus. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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Sweeney: Unions shouldn’t trust Christie

After underfunding the state's public employees' pension system, State Senate President Steve Sweeney said public worker unions have no reason to trust Gov. Chris Christie.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie relinquishes his position as chairman of the Republican Governors Association last week. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie relinquishes his position as chairman of the Republican Governors Association last week. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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Politics, huge issues likely to collide in NJ in 2015

In New Jersey there are huge issues that need to be addressed in 2015, but one veteran pundit said the aspirations of the state's top two politicians will likely dictate what is accomplished and how it is accomplished.

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Governor Chris Christie speaks at a press conference after meeting with student leaders at Camden High School in Camden
Governor Chris Christie (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
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Christie Unaffected by Pension Suits [AUDIO]

Public worker unions continue to join in the legal action against Gov. Chris Christie's plan to significantly slash pension contributions over the next two years, but the governor doesn't seem worried at all.

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(Mario Tama/Getty Images)
(Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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Poll: NJ’s Public Worker Pension System in Crisis [AUDIO]

Standard and Poor's is warning that it could downgrade New Jersey's credit rating in the next three months due in part because of the state's reliance on one-shot budget balancing gimmicks.

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U.S. Taps Pension Fund to Avoid Passing Debt Limit

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner says the government has begun borrowing from the federal employee pension fund to keep operating without surpassing its debt limit.

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