As reported on New Jersey State Senator Tom Kean’s website, Senator Kean appears to be pushing the Christie agenda of Civil Service reform and Public Employee Pension reform.  

In a press release dated July 26, 2013, Kean stated: “I’m glad that Senate Democrats have finally decided to show up to work in Trenton this summer,” “But that’s only half the battle. I urge Senate President Sweeney to make this voting session mean more. Whenever we meet, we should be doing everything possible to address the people’s two top issues: taxes and jobs.”

Kean further bated Sweeney by stating: “Perhaps the Senate President has struggled to get his caucus to show up, because they have heard the people’s resounding message: We do not need legislators in Trenton who protect the status quo of high taxes and a noncompetitive job climate.” “Hopefully, their attendance on Monday means that they are ready to work on a bipartisan basis to pass real solutions to improve the quality of life for all New Jerseyans.”

Kean went on to list certain bills that he urges bi-partisan support. Each of these bills have potential long term effects on public safety officers and public employees that work in the state of New Jersey:

  • Ending sick-leave “retirement jackpots” via S808 or Sweeney’s own bill S1564;
  • Passing civil service reforms, and cut other duplicative spending at the local level, S1694;
  • S601 (suspends public pensions of retired public employees who resume public employment with compensation greater than $15,000, in order to mitigate pension system burden and help ensure equal opportunity for new positions.

All New Jersey Public Employees must take note of the tone that Kean and other Senate Republicans are taking in regard to Civil Service reform and Public Employee Pension reform. These reforms could have long lasting effects into the foreseeable future.