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Was the State Supreme Court right on pensions?

What a mess. The much awaited NJ State Supreme Court decision on pension payments came down today and in a 5 to 2 ruling sided with Gov. Christie. He's off the hook for fully funding the pension as called for in the 2011 law he himself signed.

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Assembly Chambers (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
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New Jersey’s annual state budget battle shapes up differently this year

For the first time in more than two decades, revenue projections from the executive branch and the non-partisan Office of Legislative Services are almost identical.

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Governor Chris Christie delivers his Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Address to the Legislature in the Assembly Chambers at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
Governor Chris Christie delivers his Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Address to the Legislature in the Assembly Chambers at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
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NJEA to Christie – Not so fast on that pension ‘accord’

Not so fast, the New Jersey Education Association is saying, after Gov. Chris Christie's budget address Tuesday.

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Gov. Chris Christie speaks during a recent town hall meeting in Caldwell. (David Matthau, Townsquare Media NJ)
Gov. Chris Christie speaks during a recent town hall meeting in Caldwell. (David Matthau, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Gov. Christie wants to avoid fiscal disaster [AUDIO]

One day after signing a new state budget into law for fiscal year 2015, Gov. Chris Christie told an overflow crowd at a town hall meeting in Caldwell that more public worker pension and health benefits are needed to have the state avoid a fiscal disaster.

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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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Could Christie rehabilitate his national image? [AUDIO]

If he makes good on his veto vow, Gov. Chris Christie could help rehabilitate his national image that has suffered because of the so-called Bridgegate scandal.

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NJ Assembly Speaker Vinnie Prieto
NJ Assembly Speaker Vinnie Prieto (David Matthau, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Lawmaker: NJ Budget a ‘Work in Progress’ [AUDIO]

The top lawmaker in the General Assembly said lawmakers are not waiting for a court to rule in a lawsuit seeking to stop Gov. Chris Christie from dramatically slashing the state's contribution to the public employee pension system.

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NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney
State Sen. Pres. Steve Sweeney (David Matthau, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Senate President Steve Sweeney Threatens to Shut Down Government

Senate President Steve Sweeney got a lot of press for threatening to shut the government down if the state worker's pension payments were not made.

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New Jersey Firefighters and Policemen Explain the Pension Problems [POLL/VIDEO]

The pension fund continues to be a hot topic in New Jersey.

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NJ Assembly Panel Holds Salary Hike Bill

A bill giving pay raises to members of Gov. Chris Christie's cabinet and tweaking the pension law to benefit some elected officials stalled Monday as it was set to be debated publicly for the first time.

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Chris Christie Names Pension Abuse Czar

In late July on Townsquare Media’s monthly ‘Ask the Governor’ program, New Jersey Gov, Chris Christie vowed to issue an Executive Order creating the Pension Fraud and Abuse Unit to ferret out pension and disability fraud and ineligibility. Christie has now officially done that.

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