March 3, 2015 7:30 am -


TRENTON — Stopping short of staking out a position on Gov. Chris Christie’s proposed pension reforms, the New Jersey State League of Municipalities is saying the changes could disenfranchise workers and trigger a mass exodus of local workers. Executive Director Bill Dressel shared the league’s concerns in a letter to the governor late last week, saying…


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10 responses to Christie’s Pension Changes Could Trigger ‘Mass Exodus’ Of Workers

  1. John Tarter March 3rd, 2015 at 7:48 am

    A mass exodus of workers and where will they all go? No, like their counterparts in Wisconsin they will stay for their paycheck, knowing that the government gravy train of excessive benefits paid for by the taxpayer has finally run it’s course.

    • Aielyn March 3rd, 2015 at 8:56 am

      You’re right, that gravy train of barely being able to raise a family, and then actually having some sort of life after retirement, has definitely ended. Those damn government employees, performing essential services at relatively low wages – they’re clearly living on easy street, right?

      And the really skilled ones, that are most essential, are certain to stay and keep working with less benefits rather than travelling to another state where their skills are appreciated and supported, and that certainly isn’t going to result in a drop in quality of service… that’s how the world works, right?

      • Larry Schmitt March 3rd, 2015 at 9:07 am

        Right, because every government worker at every level is overpaid, underworked, and retires at 50 with a huge pension and full medical care.

        • rg9rts March 3rd, 2015 at 11:24 am

          Like Christie will …feed trough included

      • bluejayray March 3rd, 2015 at 10:20 am

        Yeah–and look at the services they perform–police, fire, teachers, sanitation, road maintenance–hell we don’t need that kind of molly coddling. And of course the less workers make, the less they spend, so merchants in the state will just have to take the hit, too–and if a few of them have to close due to lack of business, well that’s just the magic of the free market trickle-down voodoo economics in action.

      • John Tarter March 3rd, 2015 at 1:40 pm

        Relatively low wages? My step son is a corrections officer in Wisconsin and he was/is making a very good wage along with all the bennies that were included AT NO COST TO HIM. Now he has to contribute to his health care costs just like the rest of us. I think that is only fair to those who pay his salary.

        • bpollen March 3rd, 2015 at 3:46 pm

          Tater! My spuddy!


          Would it be better if we had people at minimum wage and with no future to speak of guarding our criminals? Does that somehow make us safer? And the BS about it being at no cost to them… that’s pure crapola. Those benefits are in lieu of pay. It is part of their compensation package, and the cost to them is that money is not going directly to them, but into retirement. Or, to put it simply for you, THEY ARE PUTTING THEIR OWN MONEY INTO THEIR OWN RETIREMENT.

          If it’s such a skate that we can pay dirt wages, why not move to WI and be a prison guard? Risk your life daily and do it for so little money that you can barely make ends meet, living in a rooming house and subsisting on crackers and peanut butter. And do it knowing that you are going to have to rely on the Social Security for retirement that Repuglicans are bound and determined to destroy.

          If you think that these jobs are so goddam easy, then it is obvious that you have NO clue what these jobs entail.

    • Bunya March 3rd, 2015 at 2:42 pm

      The only one who’s receiving these benefits would be Chris Christie, whose receiving taxpayer funded healthcare. And when he retires, he’ll land another cushy “gravy train of excessive benefits” job, lobbying for a huge corporation to which he sold the people of New Jersey.

  2. rg9rts March 3rd, 2015 at 11:23 am

    I guess that Christie and crew didn’t learn from the exodus of school superintendents when he put a cap on salaries..

    • Dwendt44 March 3rd, 2015 at 12:07 pm

      ‘learn”? Using learn and Christie in the same sentence is an oxymoron. That could include Republicans in general as well. They hate education; especially for the masses.