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Christie’s Plan To Balance Budget Causing Controversy

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Governor Christie spoke yesterday at a Republican Governor’s Association event in New York City. Republican governors from around the country gathered to discuss important matters and Christie praised his fellow party-members for working together to help one another.

“We share advice and counsel with each other all the time and so that’s one of the strengths of having the contacts that we have across the country. We also share a lot of philosophical things in common and a lot of experiences that we can share with each other,” Christie explained.

Wisconsin’s Governor Scott Walker also commented on the camaraderie that members of the Republican Governor’s Association share while complimenting Governor Christie at the same time.

“We’re always interested in the things that are pro-taxpayer, pro-worker and Christie has been a great advocate. He’s reached across party lines in the past,” he said.

However, not everyone is happy with the Governor’s, particularly regarding his latest announcement to fix New Jersey’s $800 million budget deficit by using an executive order to cut pensions.

Seth Hahn is the spokesperson for the Communications Workers of America and he thinks that Christie has gone back on his word regarding pension reform and even plans to take the governor to court over it.

“I think responsible politicians looking at a billion-dollar deficit see that we need to look at revenue as well as ways to do things on the cost side. There are a couple areas in which we think the governor’s doing something illegal, namely the law he passed in 2011 said this year he needs to make a 3/7 payment, he promised to do that, the legislature allocated that money and now Christie’s saying he’s just not gonna spend it,” he said.

Some argue that Christie’s hands are tied because many of the payments he’s obliged to make were done through agreements made by politicians before him. Now if he follows through with those obligations, the New Jersey budget will continue to deplete and the state will have to borrow more money and its bond ratings will go down drastically. Hahn feels that the state has been given other options in the past that they have just failed to take.

“We came to the table in 2010 with some real options that would have saved the state money, Chris Christie told us to go pound sand. The problem is that we’re not creating jobs and we’re not growing revenue and as long as we’re doing that we’re going to continue to fall short on the revenue side and we need to find ways to come together and create jobs and create revenue,” he explained.



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