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NJ Supreme Court Rules Judges Don’t Have to Contribute More For Health Care and Pensions

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  As reported by nj.com, a divided State Supreme Court said judges and justices don’t have to chip in more for their pension and health benefits like other state workers because New Jersey’s Constitution prevents them from having their pay cut. The 3-2 decision drew swift responses from the leaders of New Jersey’s two other branches… Continue Reading

NJ Senate Committee Approves Measure Allowing Voters To Decide Judges’ Health, Pension Benefits

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  As reported by nj.com, the Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a measure that would let voters decide if judges should pay more for health and pension benefits.  The committee had planned to delay acting on the measure until the state Supreme Court rules on the matter, which is expected soon. Instead, the full Senate will… Continue Reading

Judge Upholds Suspension Of Pension Increases For NJ Public Employees

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  As reported by nj.com, hundreds of thousands of retired public employees are not entitled to cost-of-living adjustments, a Superior Court judge has ruled, upholding a segment of the new pension regulations that suspend the increases indefinitely. The ruling by Superior Court Judge Douglas Hurd affects all current and future retirees in pension systems funded… Continue Reading

Pension Reform Lawsuit Dismissed

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  As reported by app.com, a federal lawsuit brought by New Jersey public employee unions, in an attempt to overturn last year’s pension and benefit reforms, has been dismissed. U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson ruled Monday that the issue is not under federal jurisdiction because of the 11th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which courts… Continue Reading

NJ Wants To Keep Taking Increased Pension Contributions From Judges During Appeal

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  As reported by nj.com, the state wants to keep taking increasing pension and health benefits contributions from Superior Court judges and Supreme Court justices while it appeals a judge’s ruling that the hikes are unconstitutional.  The state Attorney General’s Office filed a motion to postpone implementation of Superior Court Assignment Judge Linda Feinberg’s ruling… Continue Reading

Christie’s Constitutional Amendment On Judges’ Pay Gets No Support From Leaders

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  As reported by nj.com, Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver have no plans to post a constitutional amendment ensuring judges are subject to increases in pension and benefit payments proposed by Governor Chris Christie. “I am not inclined to support pursuing a constitutional amendment,” Oliver said. “It sets a very unhealthy precedent.” Christie’s… Continue Reading

Judge Rules State Pension, Benefits Overhaul Does Not Apply To NJ Judges

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  As reported by nj.com, Superior Court judges and Supreme Court justices, protected by the state Constitution from salary reductions while in office, are exempt from Governor Chris Christie’s new pension and health benefits plan requiring them to contribute a larger share of their salary, a judge ruled yesterday.  Christie immediately lashed out at the… Continue Reading

Health Care Rates To Rise By 9 Percent For NJ State Employees

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  As reported by nj.com, two state panels approved higher rates for health insurance plans today, raising premium rates for coverage of all state employees, municipal workers, and public school teachers and staff. These new, higher rates for health insurance plans, mean the state will pay more for benefits and so will approximately 850,000 workers who… Continue Reading

After Overhaul, More Health Plans Available To NJ Public Employees

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  As reported by nj.com, public employees, from state workers to local school teachers, may now choose from a wider range of health plans that include low-cost options and some with narrower coverage as they start paying more for their benefits. The signature benefit reform enacted by Governor Chris Christie calls for cheaper plans while demanding… Continue Reading

Leaked Audio Reveals Christie Says He Helped Oliver Remain In Power For Her Help Passing Public Employee Benefits Overhaul

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  As reported by nj.com, leaked audio from Governor Chris Christie’s closed-door speech to conservative donors in Colorado gives new details on the heated final days in the battle to cut public employee benefits. In particular, Christie said Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver personally asked him for Republican support to stay in power if dissident Democrats tried… Continue Reading

NJ Unions, Public Workers Sue To Stop Pension, Benefits Overhaul

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  As reported by nj.com, dozens of unions and public workers filed suit against the newly enacted pension and health benefit overhaul in federal court yesterday. The 58-page, 17-count suit charges the state violated the state and federal constitutions by suspending cost of living adjustments for at least 30 years, failing to make full payments into… Continue Reading

NJ Supreme Court Won’t Rush To Hear Judge’s Challenge of Pension Overhaul

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  As reported by nj.com, a Superior Court judge challenging the increased payments judges must make under newly-enacted changes to public worker health and pension benefit plans will not be allowed to have his case directly sent to the New Jersey Supreme Court. In a two-paragraph order issued yesterday, Supreme Court Justice Virginia Long said… Continue Reading

Sweeney, Norcross Lose Support Of AFL-CIO

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  As reported by nj.com, two of the most prominent Democrats in the state legislature-both labor leaders-lost the support of a major union coalition Thursday, spelling possible trouble for their November reelection fights. The statewide AFL-CIO, representing 30 unions of public and private-industry members, voted in the annual endorsement conference not to support Senate President Stephen… Continue Reading

NJ Judge Files Lawsuit Against New Pension And Health Benefits Increases For Public Workers

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  As reported by nj.com, New Jersey’s public worker pension and health benefits increases should be revoked for state judges because they unconstitutionally slash their salaries and undermine judicial independence, a state Superior Court judge claims in a lawsuit filed Thursday. The complaint, filed by Superior Court Judge Paul DePascale, who sits in Hudson County,… Continue Reading

Gov. Christie Signs NJ Public Worker Pension and Healthcare Overhaul Bill

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  As reported by nj.com, Governor Chris Christie signed into law controversial legislation that will force public employees to pay more for their pension and health insurance. Christie, who signed the bill flanked by a bipartisan cast of mayors, said passage of the bill is his biggest legislative victory since taking office. “It is an important… Continue Reading

Effort to Cut NJ Public Workers Benefits Advances Despite Opposition

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  As reported by nj.com, fierce opposition could not stop the Senate from passing a contentious measure Monday that will sharply raise the cost of health benefits and pensions for the state’s 500,000 public employees. With protesters dressed in Revolutionary-era garb gathered outside the Statehouse and union members clamoring inside, the pivotal Senate vote came… Continue Reading

NJ Senate Committee Approves Health, Pension Benefit Reform Despite Union Protests

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  As reported by nj.com, irate public employees converged on the Statehouse by the thousands Thursday touting horns, carrying signs, and disrupting a Senate hearing, but the show of force failed to break a legislative agreement overhauling their state health and pension benefits. Union members gathered at the Statehouse steps and clogged a Senate hearing room… Continue Reading

Some Democrats Tell Protesters They Will Not Vote For Public Worker Pension, Benefit Overhaul

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  As reported by nj.com, rank-and-file Democrats are lining up to take the microphone at a steadily growing union rally outside the Statehouse today, vowing to cast no votes on a bill that would overhaul pension and benefits for teachers, cops, firefighters, and others. Assemblymen Wayne DeAngelo, Daniel Benson, Patrick Diegnan, Reed Gusciora, Vincent Prieto,… Continue Reading
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