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Salary, pension bill shelved for now

Local News | Feb 28, 2014

Salary, pension bill shelved for now

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Legislation that would have given Gov. Chris Christie the power to raise salaries for his cabinet, increased judges’ pay and tweaked the public employee pension law to benefit a few elected officials is on hold indefinitely.

The Senate Budget Committee canceled a session Thursday to consider the proposal. The Assembly Budget Committee’s pulled it from the agenda Monday.

Legislative leaders had planned to fast-track the bill and send it to Christie this week.

But it stalled after The Associated Press published a story detailing the proposal.

Assembly co-sponsor Michael Patrick Carroll tells AP he believes judges and cabinet officers deserve raises, though approving pay hikes for professionals who earn six-figure salaries is politically unpopular.

The Republican says the bill may be revived, but a number of his colleagues remain opposed.

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