TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie was joined by local mayors and state legislators when he urged the Assembly to extend a 2 percent cap on raises that arbitrators can award to police and firefighters.
Christie made his plea Monday.
The Democrat-led Legislature sent Christie a bill last month allowing raises of up to 3 percent in towns that saved money through layoffs or by passing more pension costs onto emergency workers.
The governor struck those provisions in a conditional veto.
The Senate quickly accepted Christie’s changes, but the Assembly has not voted. Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto says he’s ready to settle the impasse through negotiations.
Prieto wants a compromise that serves taxpayers and first responders.
A firefighters union says a 3 percent raise doesn’t cover additional benefits costs employees must pay.