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Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times — Thursday, April 30, 2015

Peyton's Peek at the Week In Politics
By Paul Peyton of The Leader/Times

New Jersey Citizen Action (NJCA) has filed a legal brief supporting New Jersey public worker unions lawsuit against Governor Chris Christie for what they allege is his breaking the law and refusing to fully fund the pension system, politickernj.com has reported.

NJCA is also introducing into evidence a video that shows when Gov. Christie signed his 2011 pension and benefits reform bill he understood he was making a binding contractual commitment to pay down the unfunded liability of the state's pension system.

"It isn't only a moral imperative for Governor Christie to make the pension payments, it is also a legal one," Phyllis Salowe-Kaye, executive director of New Jersey Citizen Action, told politickernj.com. "Christie should know better. Chapter 78 included clear, strong language guaranteeing payments be made to the pension plan, phased-in in 1/7th increments. Christie needs to obey his own law and fully fund the pension."

The New Jersey Supreme Court is set to consider the legal fight between the Christie administration and unions over slashed pension payments on Monday, May 6.

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