PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie appeared on the CBS news program Face the Nation and spoke about everything from collective bargaining to education reform.
Christie is one of the most talked about governors in the nation due to his straight talk approach to controversial issues. The governor says he will continue to find ways to cut spending:
“I’m going to do what I think needs to be done for New Jersey, which is to reform the pension system, to roll back expensive health benefits for public sector workers, to put them more in line with the rest of the population in New Jersey.”
Christie says he is going to work with New Jersey unions, but made it clear that he will not make it easy for them:
“Public sector workers, state workers in New Jersey this past year were working under a contract from my predecessor John Corzine and got 7 percent salary increases in a zero percent inflation world. I don’t think the people paying the bills think that is the result of fair adversarial collective bargaining.”
Reported By Cherri Gregg, KYW Newsradio.