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Gov. Christie, Sen. Pres. Sweeney, and kids
Governor's Office, Tim Larsen
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Pension battle boils again

If Gov. Chris Christie wanted a good fight, he sure has one over pension reforms.

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Gov. Chris Christie delivers his budget address
Gov. Chris Christie (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Christie pension commission warns of shortfalls

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- A commission convened by Gov. Chris Christie to look into the health benefits and pension liabilities for public employees reported Thursday that the costs threaten to put a $90 billion drain on New Jersey's future state budgets.

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NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney
State Sen. Pres. Steve Sweeney (David Matthau, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Politics at play in NJ’s latest pension reform push

In 2011, State Sen. President Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford) partnered with Gov. Chris Christie to usher through historic reforms to the public workers' pension and health benefits system. The political landscape in New Jersey has changed dramatically over the last three years. The governor is calling for more reforms, but Sweeney won't be in Christie's corner this time.

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Gov. Chris Christie
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Christie stressing pension reform and transportation funding

As the New Jersey Legislature prepares to return to work, Gov. Chris Christie is fixing his sights on two major issues - pension and benefits reforms for public sector workers and finding a dedicated funding source for the Transportation Trust Fund.

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Governor Christie hosts a town hall in Belmar (Townsquare Media)
Governor Christie hosts a town hall in Belmar (Townsquare Media)
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Do you support Gov. Christie’s pension ‘reforms?’

It’s’ got to be a kick in the stomach to learn that, if you’re in the state retirement system and banking on a certain amount of money upon retirement – it may not be there.

Borrowing from the fund, not paying it back in past administrations makes the guy in charge have to, in his words, “clean up this mess!”

Which means you may not be getting the sum you’re banking on

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CWA Protest
CWA Protest in Trenton on June 12, 2014 (Kevin McArdle, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Unions update lawsuits over NJ pensions

A group of public workers unions have revised their lawsuits aimed at trying to compel New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to put pay more into pension funds.

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Youtube
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Christie releases ‘No Pain No Gain’ – Waste of money?

In his never ending quest to bring about pension reform, Governor Christie has taken to releasing a mock movie trailer urging the public and (hopefully) the Legislature to get behind his efforts to bring about real pension reform

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CWA protest on June 12
CWA protest on June 12 (Kevin McArdle, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Sweeny hopes Christie loses pension lawsuit [AUDIO]

Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford) said he hopes public employee labor unions are successful in their lawsuit to stop Gov. Chris Christie from slashing the state's pension payment in the current fiscal year. The case is set to be heard on June 25.

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CWA protest on June 12
CWA protest on June 12 (Kevin McArdle, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Unions Rally Against Christie’s Pension Payment Cuts

New Jersey union members packed the front of the Statehouse on Thursday to protest Gov. Chris Christie’s plan to slash pension payments.

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Gov. Chris Christie delivers his budget address
Gov. Chris Christie (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Focusing on a Pension Fund Fix [AUDIO]

For months, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has been talking about the state's growing pension debt, and how something fundamental must change in the system to safeguard Jersey's fiscal future.

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