Christie backs pen­sion amend­ment, but only with ben­e­fits cut

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - NEWS -

TREN­TON » New Jer­sey Repub­li­can Gov. Chris Christie en­dorsed a plan to cut the state’s public worker re­tire­ment ben­e­fits and en­act a con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment to com­mit the state to pen­sion pay­ments.

Christie on Wed­nes­day backed the rec­om­men­da­tions put for­ward by New Jer­sey Pen­sion and Health Ben­e­fit Study Com­mis­sion.

Christie says he’s hope­ful that in­com­ing Demo­cratic Gov.-elect Phil Mur­phy will em­brace the rec­om­men­da­tions. Mur­phy’s of­fice did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment.

Christie has long called for cut­ting gen­er­ous re­tire­ment health ben­e­fits, but the Demo­crat-led Leg­is­la­ture has re­sisted.

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