TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has issued a quick conditional veto to make major changes to a bill passed by lawmakers that would extend but raise the cap on arbitrator-awarded pay increases for police and firefighter unions.
Both houses of the Legislature passed the initial bill Thursday before Christie rejected it.
The Senate promptly passed a version incorporating Christie’s changes. The Assembly has not yet acted on it.
Christie objected to a provision to raise the cap to 3 percent instead of 2 percent in cases where it can be shown that higher health premiums or job reductions on the forces have saved taxpayers money.
He also nixed a making contracts exempt from the cap in future arbitrations if the unions had already negotiated one raise less than 2 percent.