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Gov. Christie Calls For End To Unused Sick Time Payouts

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (file / credit: Tim Larsen / Governor's Office)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (file / credit: Tim Larsen / Governor’s Office)

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TEANECK, NJ (WCBS 880) – With so many states and local communities struggling to survive, the paying out of unused sick time is really hurting budgets and New Jersey’s governor wants to do something about it.

WCBS 880’s Levon Putney On The Story

When Teaneck mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin was on the township council in 2008, he says five fire deputy chiefs retired and turned in papers for payouts for unused sick time.

That’s when he says others told him, “‘Now we have to do an emergency appropriation for a half a million dollars.’.”

But he says that’s not what got him upset.

“They were in charge of keeping track of their own sick time and there wasn’t any real system,” he told WCBS 880 reporter Levon Putney.

Hameeduddin says they fixed that in Teaneck, but Gov. Chris Christie says unused sick time payouts have gone too far.

“The fact is it should stop today,” said Christie on Thursday.

He says in towns statewide, there are $825 million worth of payments owed.

That’s why he says over 230 mayors support his reform measures to end the payouts.

So, he’s calling on lawmakers to pass the measure before year’s end.

Do you support Christie’s proposal? Sound off in the comments section below.

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