Panel: NJ State Workers Get Black Friday Off

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s Public Employment Relations Commission says state workers would be ‘irreparably harmed” if they don’t get the day after Thanksgiving off.

The panel ruled against Gov. Chris Christie, who said workers would have to use a vacation day to stay home on Black Friday. They would get Lincoln’s Birthday off instead.

Former Gov. Jon Corzine struck a deal in 2009 that allowed public employee unions to trade the day after Thanksgiving for Lincoln’s Birthday.

Commission Designee Stuart Reichman found breaking the agreement would damage the negotiation process.

Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak said that the governor’s office is exploring its options.

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  1. shawn says:

    So,if it was up to these people we would live in a land of the not free and the home of the scared,since when is it a good practice to break contracts…the union could have let the rich bloated politician break the contract and nj would have been responsible for paying nj state worker for all the furloughs they took per there contract and this guy was a us attorney,what a joke.

  2. FRUSTRATED HOMEOWNER says:

    HARD UP…MORE LIKE TICKED OFF..650K home..12K yearly property tax. I take it you’re one of them (HA). All the government could say is majority goes to low income (FAMILY FIRST)…The government/Mayor needs to do what Bloomberg did..It’s called WEP…WELFARE EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM !!! Enjoy your Thanksgiving on my expense !!!

  3. FRUSTRATED HOMEOWNER says:

    I’VE GOT AND IDEA…..FOR ALLTHE STATE WORKERS THAT WILL BE OFF..REPLACE THEM WITH “ALL” THE LAZY GOOD-FOR NOTHING FAMILY FIRST RECIPIENTS WHO ENJOY EVERY DAY OF THE MONTH OFF. ESPECIALLY THE FIRST. THEY’RE EATING OFF THE FAT OF THE LAND WITH NO GIVE-BACKS. WHY SHOULD TAXPAYERS AND/OR GAINFULLY EMPLOYED BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR COMFORT ?????

    1. CHECK IT OUT HOME OWNER says:

      SORRY TO HEAR YOUR ARE SO HARD UP HOME OWNER.

  4. MISS AMERICA says:

    THESE COMMENTS ARE INGNORANT. STATE EMPLOYEES GAVE UP A DAY PER MONTH ALL LAST YEAR. THE PEOPLE WHO FAVOR CHRIS ARE THE SAME PEOPLE WHO ARE SITTING HOME GETTING UNEMPLOYMENT CHECKS. UNABLE TO FIND WORK, DUE TO “NO jOBS AVAILABILITY THAT WOULD PAY A DECENT SALARY FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.”…THE REPUBLICAN ADMINISTRATION ALLOWED TAX BRAKES TO HUGE COMPANYS AND THE RICH. MILKED THE CORPORATIONS,CEOS TOOK THE MIDDLE CLASS PENSIONS, BANKRUPT AMERICA, AND TOOK OFF WITH BILLIONS-NOW IN SWISS ACCOUNTS.
    YOU KNOW WHAT IS UNFAIR…THE LACK OF RESPECT AND IGNORANCE OF SOME AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO WON’T FIGHT FOR THEIR RIGHTS.
    THERE IS NO MIDDLE CLASS ANYMORE…EVERY OTHER AMERICAN IS LIVING IN POVERTY. WHILE GOVERNMENT IS CORRUPT AND LIVING IN MASIONS.
    ASK CHRISTIE TO SELL HIS MANSION AND FEED THE POOR.
    GIVE SOMETHING BACK TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, RATHER THAN LAYOFFS AND UNEMPLOYMENT CHECKS….GET THEM JOBS!!!!!!!!!!

  5. You got to be Kidding says:

    You got to be kidding me. Then people wonder why jobs are being sent to Mumbai & China.

  6. Michael says:

    This is why we are in a recession – nobody in this country wants to work hard anymore.

  7. Sopa says:

    This is why we must continue sending more jobs to China.

  8. Mike says:

    Lincoln’s Birthday was back In February, Didn’t the state workers already work the day (or take a furlough day)?

  9. sharon wolff says:

    OMG, I don’t believe this. How can public employees be “damaged” by not getting a holiday? What former Gov Corzine did was not proper, and re negotiations should be done. I am not a fan of Christie, however, this issue needs to be addressed NOW

    1. STUPID PEOPLE says:

      IGNORANCE IS BLISS: MOST AMERICANS DO NOT KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON WITH GOVERNMENT: ID JOBS ARE OVER SEE “WHY ARE THEY OVER SEAS..IS IT NOT FOR THE RICH TO BE RICHER AND THE POOR POOER..

      GET EDUCATED AMERICA.

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