New Jersey Senate Democrats proposed a rival to Governor Chris Christie’s budget plan that would make a full pension payment while raising taxes on corporations and the wealthy.
Governor Chris Christie has leverage in the dispute with New Jersey Democrats and public-employee unions over pension-payment cuts because of the power of his office and the pace of the courts.
To push his first-term agenda, Republican Governor Chris Christie had no greater booster than Senate President Stephen Sweeney, New Jersey’s top-ranking elected Democrat.
"He has no viable or legitimate explanation at all, except that this was about national politics."
- Stephen Sweeney on Jul 10, 2014