Sirota: Christie Chooses Potential Big Donors Over Public Pensions
Credit: Gage Skidmore
May 25, 2014


By David Sirota

The most troubling aspect of 2016 presidential candidate and Gov. Chris Christie's refusal this week to make necessary contributions to New Jersey's pension system was not the budget maneuver itself — it was that almost none of the debate surrounding the move contextualized what it was really about.

Christie depicted the maneuver as a matter of financial necessity, as if he had no other choice but to effectively use New Jersey retirees' money to balance the state's books.

With New Jersey under threat of another credit downgrade, Christie was certainly dinged a bit by the poli...

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