POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

Christie: Allowing Public Employees to Bank Sick Days Costs Millions

Governor Christie held a town hall meeting Tuesday in West New York where he talked about his latest initiative to change the current policy that allows government employees to be paid for unused sick and vacation time upon retiring.

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Christie said allowing public employees to bank their sick and vacation days costs state and local governments millions of dollars and he wants to stop that practice. Mayors from Hoboken, Weehawken, Union City and West New York agree with the governor and were also present at the town hall meeting. West New York Mayor Felix Roque said his municipality had to pay one employee $306,000 in unused sick and vacation days and said the municipality will go bankrupt if that continues. NJToday’s David Cruz files this report.