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NJEA President: NJEA Will Do Well in Court Against Christie

6-10-14

The New Jersey Education Association filed a lawsuit against Gov. Chris Christie over his pension plan and NJEA President Wendell Steinhauer told NJTV News Managing Editor Mike Schneider that the NJEA will do well in court.

When asked if he thinks he will prevail in court, Steinhauer said he thinks they will do well but when you go to court anything can happen. He said that he believes that he has the law that Christie signed himself that talks about how this is a contractual obligation to make the payment. He said that it is clear as can be in the language.

Steinhauer said that the law says that Christie has to balance the budget and that Christie has to akje the pension payment, phased in pension payments. He said that what the law doesn’t say is that Christie can still raise the millionaires tax and that is something that he has refused to do.

Steinhauer said that Christie is going to have to make the pension payment.

“Quite honestly, we have seen this game before where they say that I will wait the one week and scoop out of the next budget to make that payment and kick it ahead to the next year,” said Steinhauer.

Steinhauer said that the court would probably order Christie to make the payment after July 1. He said that Christie said that he would not even put enough money in to do that.

“Even if Christie took the entire amount that he has proposed for fiscal year 2015 and added 2014, it is still does not make the payment. He is coming up way short on these.

Steinhauer said that he was not surprised that the revenues did not meet the projected numbers. He said that he was not surprised that he was not going to keep his word on the bargain on the law he signed. He said this is not the first time he has heard promised unkept from Christie.

Steinhauer said that he worked together with Christie on the New Jersey Teach Act which helped streamline ten year. He said that he thinks that they have had a warming of relationships and Steinhauer has invited Christie to have conversation but have never met face to face in a conversation style. He said that he looks forward to working with Christie on things but it does not help when he breaks his own word.