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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Appears On Face The Nation

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.

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  • Allison

    I am a State of NJ Public Sector employee, we got 7% over 4 yrs we also pay medical like you do. (Realistically after you do the math our 7% washed itself out.) in addition to paying back into the general public fund if we borrow against our pension. Oh yes and another thing I work holidays, weekends, snowstorms etc. do you? Chris Christie should also mention that if he is only in office one term he will have lifetime medical benefits as well as a pension, and he only worked 4 years. We as Public employees are not the villains Christie would have you believe because it is easier than putting the blame on the politician who started this (Christie Todd Whitman) and the politicians after her who have just made a bad situation worse (including Christie) he passed a law about paying back into the pension ,he has deferred the payment every year since. He is a big bully to put it mildly that is using intimidation and scare tactics to get what he wants which is fame and political backing. Employees who work for state and local governments pay taxes, college tuition’s, ridiculous car insurance just like private sector employees. I am sorry but I am tired of being made to be the bad guy because I have a job. This man is doing exactly what he set out to do, turn the taxpayers of this state against one another and it is wrong.

    • DENNIS

      Find another job , ALL UNIONS MUST BE DISOLVED NOW

  • Babyjane 6

    I don’t think I have ever gotten a 7% raise. Especially in this economy.

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