Christie to lawmakers pushing back on pension reform: ‘Let’s not start running for gov now’

STIRLING – Without calling the state’s top lawmaker out by name, Gov. Chris Christie suggested legislators unwilling to enter in pension reform discussions are more interested in running for governor than actually governing.

“Let’s not start running for governor now,” said Christie, a likely reference to Senate President Steve Sweeney, who’s widely thought to be mounting a gubernatorial campaign.

“This is the great thing, especially about the state Senate, everybody wakes up in the morning, they look in the mirror and they see a governor,” he said to laughs.

The comment came after Christie declared that since he’s no longer on the ballot in New Jersey since taking office for a second time, he’s “not worried about politics anymore” and is prepared to get tough on pension reform talks.

“I’m on the back nine,” he told more than 500 residents in Morris County.

“I’m calling this stuff out and we’re going to try and fix it,” he said. “I will do everything that’s in my power to fix this problem.”

Christie was discussing the state’s pension woes a day after he delivered his Fiscal Year 2015 budget address that called for additional reforms for the state’s pension system.

Christie to lawmakers pushing back on pension reform: ‘Let’s not start running for gov now’