Unemployment Benefits Measure Sent To Christie

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Legislation that would extend the amount of time that jobless residents in New Jersey could receive unemployment benefits has been sent to Gov. Chris Christie’s desk.

The measure would implement an option provided to states by federal legislation that was approved last year.

It allows them to extend benefits for much — if not all — of 2011, as long the state’s unemployment rate equals or exceeds 110 percent of the jobless rates for the same periods in 2008 or 2009.

Since New Jersey’s unemployment rate for those periods ranged from 4.2 percent to 6 percent, far below the state’s current rate of 9.1 percent, it would likely receive permission to extend benefits if it becomes law.

The Assembly approved the bill March 14, adopting legislation that had been passed in the state Senate about a month earlier.

It was not known when or if Christie would act on the legislation. His spokesman, Michael Drewniak, declined to comment on the governor’s plans, and Christie has not addressed the matter.

Proponents of the bill say they hope the Republican governor will move quickly to sign the measure into law.

“This is the right thing to do,” said Assemblyman Dan Benson, D-Hamilton (Mercer County), who was among the bill’s primary sponsors in that chamber. “We can’t sit idly by. We need to take advantage of any federal program that will help our workers in their time of need.”

Besides Benson, other primary sponsors in the Assembly were Democrats Joseph Egan of New Brunswick and Wayne DeAngelo of Hamilton (Mercer County). In the Senate, it was sponsored by Democrats Fred Madden of Turnersville and James Beach of Voorhees.

“Changing the trigger for unemployment benefits will help those who have fallen on hard times continue to provide a home, food and other essentials for their families,” Madden said. “While more certainly needs to be done to create jobs and economic growth, this measure is a good step forward in aiding the unemployed.”

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. lolo says:

    WHAT ABOUT THE ’99ERS’, DO SOMETHING ALREADY TO HELP THEM NEW JERSEY AND THE GOVERMENT!!!!! Wake Up!!

  2. TomNJ says:

    @jerseyjoey: Unemployment not a handout from your skinny wallet. Unemployment benefits are an insurance payout after paying a premium when working. I guess you don’t feel that if I have a car accident and collect on my insurance to fix it that it is a “handout” from the insurance company.

  3. jerseyjoey says:

    If you need to be on unemployment for 2 or 3 years because you cant find a job in New Jersey then leave the state and look for a more job friendly state, dont stay here for a free handout on my back and wallet. If you make being poor easy then everyone who is lazy and uneducated will flock to new Jersey for the freebees and that will cripple all Liberals, demoncrates and republicans the same. You see, all of Jersey is whacked and Christie is not a factor, he is a hefty hero.

    1. Mike C. says:

      Hey Joe, you are right. My wife has been out of work for two years after working for 25 in the Telecomm industry. She has an MBA and a MS in Taxation and cannot even get a serious interview for a job in NJ because all the great Jersey Corporations will not hire anyone that is; 1) over the age of 50. 2) Caucasian. 3) Female. So guess what Joe? After living in NJ her entire life and paying the shakedown taxes for a school system that we have never used (free handout on our backs and wallets to educate everyone else but ourselves), we have decided it is time to flee the State of New Jersey, and we are preparing to put our house up for sale in the near future.
      So you are right Joe, we will leave the state for a more “job friendly state.”
      Sayonara Tax Man!
      Mike C.

    2. TOM says:

      THIS SHOWS HOW STUPID SOME PEOPLE ARE . AFTER WORKING 32 YEARS I ALSO CANT FIND A JOB. I LOOK 8 HOURS A DAY AND INTERVIEW EVERY WEEK ONLY TO BE TOLD THEY ARE LOOKING TO PAY A KID OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL OR COLLEGE 25-30 K. GET EDUCATED BEFORE YOU POST A COMMENT LIKE THIS

  4. Sickof Christie says:

    I will bet that Lardbutt comes out with some B. S. that says he has to cut taxes on the rich and fire teachers to justify extending unemployment benefits.

  5. ANALTIMETWISTER says:

    SURE HE WILL SIGN IT..WHY AS FAST HE EATS THOSE HALF-DOZEN TWINKIES…AND THAT APPLE PIE..AND THAT MEATLOAF AND 4 CHEESEBURGERS..WITH FRIES..BUT WAIT..HE WILL HAVE TO TAKE TIME TOO DIGEST THIS SNACK..SO YOU MIGHT HAVE TO WAIT A LITTLE LONGER FOLKS…DONT WORRY THE CHECKS WONT BE IN THE MAIL….

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