Democratic U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg today called the pension and health benefit reform legislation working its way through the legislature an attack on collective bargaining and a set-back for the middle class.
In a statement, Lautenberg attacked the bill, which was introduced by Democrats in both houses of the legislature but has weak support among the caucus.
“The health and pension reform deal that passed in the State Senate is an attack on collective bargaining and a dramatic setback for middle-class New Jersey families,” Lautenberg said. ” The State House should be a place where the Governor and Legislature work to improve the lives of working families, not take away benefits from New Jersey’s teachers, police, firefighters and other public employees. Instead of balancing the budget on the backs of middle-class New Jerseyans, the Governor and Legislature should be working to make sure the wealthiest few are paying their fair share to help fix the state’s problems.”