As reported by, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says he and lawmakers are close to an agreement on ending huge payouts to retiring public employees for unused sick days. However, Governor Christie says he will not accept a deal that allows for any payouts going forward.

Republicans and Democrats agree that cash-outs that can total hundreds of thousands of dollars strain local budgets. They differ on how to best fix the problem.

Christie conditionally vetoed a bill in December that would have capped the amount of accumulated sick leave employees can cash out from here on at $15,000.

Please continue to check this blog periodically to ascertain updates regarding this issue.