TRENTON – The N.J. Policemen’s Benevolent Association announced today that it will file a lawsuit against the state for the not-yet-signed pension and benefits reform legislation. The bill was passed by the Senate and Assembly this week, although the Senate needs to approve an amendment on Monday before Gov. Chris Christie can sign the bill.
The lawsuit will challenge the constitutionality of the law and its implications for collective bargaining. Aspects include the elimination of cost-of-living adjustments for retirees, health contributions into retirement for officers with less than 20 years, as well as altering existing collectively-bargained health plans.
In the coming weeks, the PBA said, it will confer with other unions on the pending lawsuit.
PBA President Anthony Wieners said, “We will use the full extent of our legal resources to expose the illegality of these laws. These laws were scrutinized by legislators for only ten days prior to passage. Many aspects of this legislation have already been exposed. In a courtroom they will be exposed further. Our battle is moving from the Statehouse to the courthouse. I am confident that the justices will overrule these laws.”