FAIR LAWN, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Gov. Chris Christie defended his budget plan for the upcoming fiscal year and urged parents not to opt out of new standardized tests aligned with the Common Core standards during a town hall event Wednesday.
Christie spoke and answered questions for more than two hours in the auditorium of the Fair Lawn Recreation Center in Bergen County.READ MORE: New York Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker Testifies At State Hearing On Nursing Home COVID Deaths
Some state Democrats have criticized Christie, who is considering a run for president, for spending his entire budget address last week focused on the problem of growing state workers’ pension and health benefit costs, which he says threaten to crowd out other spending.
“The reason I only spoke out about one issue is because there really is only one issue that matters,” he said.
Christie has proposed paying $1.3 billion into the pension system for public sector employees for the year that starts July 1, more than any governor in history, he said, but far less than the roughly $3 billion he had agreed to during a much-touted deal reached during his first term.