Christie, Lawmakers Reach Compromise On Public Employee Benefits

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie and legislative leaders from both parties have reached an agreement on public employee health and pension benefits reform.

The plan, which is not backed by all Democrats, would require public employees to pay more towards their pensions and health insurance. Specific details were not mentioned.


“The legislation to be considered tomorrow by the Senate Budget Committee and Monday by the Assembly Budget Committee protects taxpayers, saves the public pension system for current and future retirees, and enhances fairness and choice in our health benefits system,” said a joint statement released last night from Christie, Senate President Steve Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean and Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce.

Lawmakers are expected to vote on the changes next week.

Public employees opposing the plan have planned a rally today to coincide with the state Senate Budget Committee’s hearing on the bill. Approximately 5,000 protesters are expected at the Statehouse.

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