NJEA, other unions, file pension lawsuit

Holding Christie accountable for required funding

Published on Friday, June 6, 2014

NJ Statehouse

NJEA, et al. vs. State of New Jersey, et al. filed in Superior Court.

NJEA, in conjunction with other public employee unions, has filed suit against Governor Chris Christie and Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff to prevent Gov. Christie’s proposed pension raid in the current and upcoming fiscal years.  On May 20, Christie issued an executive order announcing his intention to violate the funding requirements of Chapter 78, the 2011 pension law that he championed and signed. Superior Court Assignment Judge for Mercer County Mary Jacobson has agreed to hear arguments on an expedited schedule due to the urgent nature of the case.

NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer issued the following statement regarding the lawsuit:

“Everyone in New Jersey is subject to the laws of New Jersey, including Gov. Christie.  Our lawsuit seeks to hold him accountable to follow the law that he signed in 2011.  Since that time, the more than 500,000 active members of New Jersey’s public pension systems have been making larger pension contributions out of every paycheck while being promised reduced benefits in retirement.  Nearly 300,000 retirees have seen their promised cost of living adjustments frozen as well.  They did not get to choose whether to comply with the law and we will not allow Gov. Christie to treat his obligations under the very same law as optional.

“Because of the significant sacrifices made by public employees and retirees, the state has a viable path to pension solvency, but only if Gov. Christie lives up to his obligations.  If he does not, New Jersey taxpayers will be saddled with even larger obligations once he is out of office.  That doesn’t serve the interests of anyone who cares about New Jersey’s long-term well-being.

“We will continue to work with the legislature to ensure that lawmakers defend and uphold the law they passed just three years ago.”

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