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February 3, 2011

NJ Gov. Christie mocks O'Malley's pension plan

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican darling, had harsh words for Gov. Martin O'Malley's pension plan and approach toward public employees in an interview set to air this evening on FOX Business Network.

The New Jersey governor, who has built a national reputation for standing up to public sector employee unions, distinguished his New Jersey approach from "that pabulum Governor O’Malley was spewing down in Maryland," according to a transcript of the interview.

The comments appear to be retribution for a swing O'Malley took at Christie last week on WTOP radio. O'Malley accused the New Jersey governor of "being abusive towards public employees."

Christie, in the FOX interview challenges O'Malley to "come to New Jersey and listen to what I am saying rather than listening to his democratic consultants."

Christie  says he is "shining a bright light" on the costs of public pensions. "Governor O’Malley calls that picking on public sector workers," Christie says. "I call that telling the people who are paying the bills the truth and not kissing up to every special interest you want to have on your side to get electoral success.".

Despite the heated rhetoric the two men don't appear to be taking radically different approaches to pension reform.

Both are keeping a defined benefit system rather than moving to a 401(k) type plan. Both increase the retirement age for state workers (in O'Malley's case, for workers who are new to the system); both are fiddling with cost of living increases (Christie is eliminating them while O'Malley is tying them to investment performance); and both are making changes to retirement health care.
Posted by Annie Linskey at 4:05 PM | | Comments (10)
Categories: Administration


Cost of living increases? Damn – must be nice. Retired state of Texas employees do not get cost of living increases at all.

Neither one are doing enough, but at Christie's lips don't look near that planet.... you know, Uyou'reANUS.

Neither one are doing enough, but at least Christie's lips don't look like they've been near that planet.... you know, Uyou'reANUS.

Well,for all you Christie backer better not become unemployed in NJ because there won't be any competent State Workers left by the time he's done. Alot have already left to the private sector to better paying jobs,sure a little less stable but more money is more money. Christie took all the incentive for intelligent people to stay with the state.So New Jersey hope your happy with your taxes doing nothing for you and everything for the very rich.

Jersey Snore. Did Christie do his mocking from Florida? He totally bungled New Jersey application for Race To The Top. Then again, Christie's supporters have never gotten any benefit from those programs.

Don't forget the $300 Mil or so he cost taxpayers by pulling out of the ARC. And that doesn't include the 3-6 Bil in federal aid he is foregoing. All on top of the $2 Bil+ cost of raising the Bayonne Bridge.

Glass houses, Mr. Christie.

By the way, my kid's teacher was teacher of the year in the NJ District she taught in last year. She came to Maryland because of NJ's cuts and because of Maryland's documented committment to education.

MOM is such a good friend to Maryland State employees he is stealing some of their pay to give to the unions.

Fun stuff.

In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act.
George Orwell

My money is on Christie.

And no pay increases, furloughs, higher benefit costs, reduced pensions and union-driven idiocy are reason enough for intelligent people to stay with Maryland, Shawn?

The arrogance, rudeness and stupidity of NJ Gov. Christie is surpassed only by those who voted for him.

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

John Fritze has covered politics and government at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is now The Baltimore Sun’s Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA TODAY, where he led coverage of the health care overhaul debate and the 2010 election. A native of Albany, N.Y., he currently lives in Montgomery County.

Julie Scharper covers City Hall and Baltimore politics. A native of Baltimore County, she graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and spent two years teaching in Honduras before joining The Baltimore Sun. She has followed the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa., in the year after a schoolhouse massacre, reported on courts and crime in Anne Arundel County, and chronicled the unique personalities and places of Baltimore City and its surrounding counties.
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