Political Analysts Say Christie’s Public Employee Benefits Reform ‘Significant’

NEWARK, NJ (CBSNewYork) — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie took a victory lap Friday after an almost unheard-of bipartisan budget deal, including pension reform.

As CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reports, what’s bad news for public employees is good news for homeowners.

The governor did a little chest-thumping after doing what New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg only dreams about.

“It’s over. We now have to get to the business of climbing out of the hole,” Gov. Christie said.

The Republican governor used a YouTube ad to trumpet what he regarded as a big achievement. He got the Democratic legislature to approve a huge rollback in health and pension benefits for 750,000 public employees and retired state workers.

“Tough choices need to be made,” he said.

WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reports: Analysts Say Deal Is Significant

There was immense and intense union anger after Christie reached the deal on pension reform with fellow New Jersey lawmakers.

Still, the State Assembly approved the bill to increase what state and local workers pay for health insurance and pensions. Christie said it will help New Jersey live within its means in these times of economic strife, and will reduce local property taxes.

“I feel that in this economy it is probably something that has to be done, because we’ve got to do something,” Tenafly resident Howard Josephson said.


“We’ve got to do something about these property taxes, that’s a killer,” Tyrese Griffin, of Paterson, said. “But I don’t know about changing the health benefits, I don’t think that’s fair.”

“I understand that cuts have to be made, that the state is really in debt, but I don’t think he’s very even-handed about the way he does it,” Hackensack resident Teri Binder said. “There are other things he could be doing. He could be raising the gasoline tax a little bit.”

A final version of the bill is expected to be passed by the State Senate on Monday. Governor Christie is expected to sign it as fast as his pen can go.

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  • Concern

    You should get the same treatment as the lower income state retirees.

  • d bonadies

    This is a man who refuses to put any type of tax on millionares or busines. He has turned the working class against each other and it’s awfuls. You should look into the whole bill and see what he is really doing to these people. The problem isn’t state employees it is the wasteful spending of your government on selfserving projects for themselves and whoever is lining their pockets. How about going after the insurance company for bleeding people dry? Why because they make campaign contributions. Oh and your senators pay about $65 for their medical ins, and the goverment retirement packages are obsene.
    Please log on to the ED show on msnbc and watch the episode the rich get richer, and then tell me how you feel about this.

  • janicegoin

    You dont have to use prison to get quality medical care, use “Penny Health” if you need affordable health insurance. Yeah i am trying to give a solution here.

  • Bob

    How much is being cut from the welfare rolls?

  • Robert Senn

    now we got to start saving money in the state get rid of waste kow show jobs double dippers people who do not perform the jobs up to standerdsand all other waste in the state NO WASTE IN THIS STATE

  • Alejandro Arango

    Great man, finally someone brave enough to stand up to the unions. We will win by a landslide.

  • Ken

    Do as I say NOT as I do ? How much does he contribute for his health Insurance ? Real Tough Guy going after the teachers when his kids go to private school !

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