Pension/benefits bill signing anticipated Tuesday at War Memorial

TRENTON – Gov. Christie is expected to sign the overhaul of pension and health benefits for public workers into law at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the War Memorial here.

The N.J. League of Municipalities stated that afterward, Christie will be joined by the legislative leaders and sponsors who backed the controversial reform through both houses, as well as a group of mayors who actively supported these reforms.

The League will be represented by League First Vice President Arthur Ondish, mayor of Mount Arlington, and Mayors Eldridge Hawkins of the City of Orange and Wilda Diaz of Perth Amboy, Chair and Deputy Chair respectively of the League’s Management Reform Committee.

Hawkins stated in a release today that “this landmark pension and health benefit legislation is an important step towards enabling our municipalities to balance their budgets without layoffs and service reductions. I want to thank all the Mayors who joined us in standing up for tax payers by testifying before the senate and assembly committees for the fair reform we so desperately needed.”

The legislation was shepherded through the Democratic-controlled Legislature and was the cause of massive union protests outside the Statehouse on three occasions over the last couple of weeks.

Because the bill was amended last week prior to the Assembly vote, the Senate had to vote again this evening. Pension/benefits bill signing anticipated Tuesday at War Memorial