A spokesman for Gov. Chris Christie weighed in on the arbitration reform bill moved by the assembly budget committee this afternoon, saying the measure does go far enough.
“Governor Christie continues to maintain that a hard cap on arbitration awards, as he proposed in May, is the only real way to control costs for municipalities and provide real property tax relief for New Jersey taxpayers,” spokesman Michael Drewniak said in a statement released to the press late Thursday afternoon. “The bill before the Assembly Budget and Appropriations Committee today falls far short of those goals. Bills in each house of the Legislature – sponsored by Senator Michael Doherty and Assemblymen Declan O’Scanlon and Gary Chiusano – meet the demands of New Jersey taxpayers, without loopholes or gimmicks. Those bills –representing real taxpayer reform – need to move forward now.”
The committee Thursday passed a bill that does not contain the hard cap on arbitration awards that Republicans, including Christie had sought. Republicans say Christie has vowed to veto any arbitration bill that does not cap awards.
The measure is scheduled to be heard by the full assembly on Monday.