CWA taking Christie to court over pension payment plan

The state’s largest public sector union announced Wednesday it’s taking Gov. Chris Christie’s administration to court over its decision to use $2.43 billion meant for public workers’ pensions over two years to balance the state’s budget.

The Communications Workers of America is preparing to sue the administration following the governor’s Tuesday announcement of the budget fix proposal.

“Governor Christie is not only breaking his word, but he’s also breaking the law in failing to make these pension payments,” said Hetty Rosenstein, CWA NJ state director, in a statement.

“If the pension payments are not made, the plan will go bankrupt,” she said. “For these reasons, and more, we are taking the governor to court. And we will be mobilizing our members and allies in protest of Christie’s outrageous, illegal actions.”

The group referred to Christie’s plan to reduce the $1.6 billion payment to the pension systems due this fiscal year by almost $900 million, along with his stated intention to reduce the payment due next year by over $1.5 billion as “a blatant violation of the state’s statutory obligation.”

According to the group, CWA directed its lawyers to begin preparing a complaint to file in court forcing Christie to pay into the pension systems the annual required contribution that the Legislature appropriated in the fiscal year 2014 Appropriations Act.

CWA taking Christie to court over pension payment plan