A judge weighing whether she has the power to force Gov. Chris Christie and the Legislature to make promised payments to public employee pension funds seemed on Thursday to reject a state administration lawyer's argument that there was no way to make the payments.
Funding New Jersey's public employees' pension system could be the first major fight in 2015 and it will likely pit long-time allies against one another. Gov. Chris Christie is calling for new reform, but state Sen. President Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford) has drawn a line in the sand and said he will support further reform.
A labor group filed an ethics complaint Friday claiming it was improper that the man who oversees investments of New Jersey's pension funds was also involved in Gov. Chris Christie's re-election campaign.
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.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday at a town hall that he'd do away with realty transfer fees, a major source of tax revenue, that cost a retired state trooper in the audience $5,435 after selling a house two weeks ago.
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