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Union Workers Protest Stop To Pension Payments

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Trenton, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Yesterday the Communications Workers of America descended on the steps of the Statehouse to protest Governor Christie’s decision to close New Jersey’s $800 million budget deficit by not making payments into the pension fund.

Protestors were chanting things like: “Pay our bills it’s not too late, Jersey is a union state.”

The event started on the steps of the Trenton War Memorial where Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson-Coleman kicked things off and got the crowd ready to go.

“Is Governor Christie gonna hear you? Are you gonna tell him to figure out how you keep your promises? Stop breaking the law! Get the money from those who got the money?” She chanted.

Assemblyman Reed Gusciora also addressed the crowd.

“Right now we’re gonna tell a long, loud, clear message to the legislature, hands off our pension,” he said.

Hetty Rosenstein is the New Jersey Director for the Communications Workers of America and she said that this battle is for everyone.

“We’re in a big serious fight to try and save, I think, to save New Jersey,” she said.

All along, Christie has said if his plan for some reason doesn’t work, he doesn’t have a plan B and thinks this is the best solution for the Garden State. However, Senator Ray Lesniak says that he has the plan B that the governor needs to consider.

“Haven’t gotten any support yet from Republicans, but then again, there has to be a plan B and this is certainly a plan B worth considering,” he explained.

His plan involves raising the millionaire’s tax which currently applies to those families making $500,000 a year or more. Not only does he suggest raising the taxes on those families, but also extending that tax to those making $350,000 a year or more. Lesniak suggests compromising by removing the estate tax in New Jersey which is something Republicans have wanted for a very long time.


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