Christie Says He’s Counting on Court to Back Budget Plan

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said he’s depending on a court ruling to back his decision to cut pension contributions to balance the budget.

Christie, in his monthly “Ask the Governor” program on WKXW-FM in Hamilton, said he has “no idea” what he’ll do if the New Jersey court rules that he must reinstate payments in a lawsuit filed by state troopers.

Christie, a 51-year-old Republican, reversed course on his pledge to raise pension payments this year and next after revenue estimates fell short by as much as $875 million.

Unions representing current and former troopers, led by the State Troopers Fraternal Association of New Jersey, asked Judge Mary C. Jacobson to block the reductions as a violation of state law.

The governor said he’s discussing pension changes with leaders of the Democratic-controlled legislature including Senate President Stephen Sweeney of West Deptford and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto of Secaucus. He declined to disclose details of the talks.

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