TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Legislation that would have given Gov. Chris Christie the power to raise salaries for his cabinet, increased judges’ pay and tweaked the public employee pension law to benefit a few elected officials is on hold indefinitely.
The Senate Budget Committee canceled a session Thursday to consider the proposal. The Assembly Budget Committee’s pulled it from the agenda Monday.
Legislative leaders had planned to fast-track the bill and send it to Christie this week.
But it stalled after The Associated Press published a story detailing the proposal.
Assembly co-sponsor Michael Patrick Carroll tells AP he believes judges and cabinet officers deserve raises, though approving pay hikes for professionals who earn six-figure salaries is politically unpopular.
The Republican says the bill may be revived, but a number of his colleagues remain opposed.