Gov. Christie Holds Town Hall As Legislators Grapple With Budget, Public Worker Pensions

FAIR LAWN, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP)New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was met by a rowdy crowd at his latest town hall event and a handful of protesters have been escorted out after refusing to stop singing about being sent to Auschwitz.

It appears to be the first time people have been asked to leave by police at a Christie town hall.

The public event Wednesday is being held at the Fair Lawn Community Center.

Christie was also frequently booed and applauded during his speech.

WCBS 880’s Levon Putney Amid The Hecklers

The governor said in response: “So this is what democracy looks like, and sounds like, and feels like.”

The protests come as the Legislature is scheduled to take up a controversial measure to require public workers to pay more for their pension and health care benefits.

The Senate passed the bill on Monday as public workers protested loudly on the street outside.

Meanwhile, lawmakers have only eight days left to send a new state budget to Christie’s desk. The Republican governor’s $29.4 billion budget proposal has largely been set aside as lawmakers grappled with the benefits reform issue.

What do you think of Gov. Christie? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  • Howie Sprague

    “The protests come as the Legislature is scheduled to take up a controversial measure to require public workers to pay more for their pension and health care benefits.” There is a huge problem with this GOP generated concept: The pension is a part of the employee’s compensation package. The money that the employer puts into the pension fund for each employee is in lieu of additional salary. Why does the GOP continue to hit the middle class working folks so hard while continuing tax breaks for the wealthiest 2% of Americans, increased corporate welfare & billions annually in subsidies for big oil?

  • fred

    The Gov. Christie was not met by a rowdy crowd. I was there. He was met by pleasant crowd giving him an ovation. Again, bias reporting or my be the reported was never there.

  • concerned nj worker

    I want to know that everyone voting on this bill, including King Christie himself are going to suffer the same pain that the middle class state workers are. Are all the lawmakers going to have their pension contributions raised and their healthcare costs doubled, tripled, or more? And if this increase is needed to cover the premiums of our policies, then why dis Christie say the money would go toward seniors getting property tax relbates? That’s like me paying for food at shoprite and expecting that I can drive a new car off a delaer’s let. One thing has nothing to do with the other. And oh yeah, I want to hear from all the seniors who will NEVER see a property tax rebate! Then where will Christie be?

  • sharon johnson

    i think that he should worry about his health and leave people alone he is a oversize bully. and one day it will come be to bite him like he bites on everything else.

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