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Christie Supports Caps On Raises

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Trenton, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Governor Christie and a handful of mayors from all over the state gathered in Trenton, New Jersey to discuss ‘interest arbitration’. They’re talking about putting 2% caps on raises that firemen and police officers can in cities throughout the Garden State.

Assemblyman Jon Bramnick opened the meeting and laid the idea out on the table.

“Let’s post the Interest Arbitration cap. Let’s do it now. Let’s continue to lower taxes and let’s show New Jersey that we’re on the side of tax payers,” he stated.

Everyone who spoke at the event made it clear it’s not that they don’t appreciate or care about the work of firefighters and police officers, but this new initiative is just about making sure the state can function. Governor Christie chimed in on how exactly this change would help with that.

“You can’t allow petty politics to get in the way of getting the job done. And the fact is the system works. And the reason it works is because it makes common sense. As many speakers have said, if you’re going to put a 2% cap on the levy, which we should and which has worked, then you need to put a cap on those things that drive the levy the most. That is the expanse of the employees and the public sector in this state,” Christie said.

This decision has to go to a vote in the assembly before it’s implemented, but the governor believes it will get passed. While the opposing side believes this is just another feel-good event for government officials to pat themselves on the back.

In the end, New Jersey is a state that has billions of dollars in deficits, unfunded pension liabilities and unfunded benefits liabilities. Therefore, a plan needs to be put in place and soon in order to get the Garden State back on track.


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