FREEHOLD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said at a town hall meeting Tuesday that he is working to fix the sins of past administrations by pushing for an overhaul of the state’s pension and health benefit system for public workers.
“I’m like the guy who showed up for dinner at dessert and then everybody went to go to the bathroom and never came back, and I got the check,” Christie told the audience at the Freehold National Guard Armory. “That’s fine. That’s the job I ran for and it’s the job I’ve been elected to twice and I’m not complaining about it. But you need to know the facts.”
Christie’s comments came a day after his administration formally appealed a February ruling from state Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson, ordering the governor and legislators to find a way to pump $1.57 billion to pay into the system.