Governor Christie is calling “truly ridiculous” State Senate President Stephen Sweeney’s bill to amend the state constitution to tie New Jersey’s minimum wage to the Consumer Price Index.
“This is another $100-million investment in this city and this region,” the governor said.
Republican Gov. Chris Christie and Democratic Senate President Stephen Sweeney have reached a deal to change retiree pension and health benefits by requiring public workers to pay more for both.
Democratic senators are renewing a push to restore $7.5 million for New Jersey women’s health clinics that was cut from last year’s state budget.
The leader of the New Jersey Senate says pension and health care benefits for the average public safety worker cost local governments $47,000 a year.
New Jersey’s Republican governor and the Democratic state Senate president agree that public workers must pay more for their health benefits.
Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill Tuesday that caps increases to police and firefighter pay awarded through arbitration, a measure he called the most important of the proposals in his so-called toolkit to help towns control costs.
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