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New Jersey lawmakers try again on sick pay changes

Local News | Jul 14, 2014

New Jersey lawmakers try again on sick pay changes

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Two New Jersey state senators say they are introducing a bill that would cap at $15,000 the amount public workers could be paid when they retire for not using sick days.

Republican Sen. Joe Kyrillos and Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney say the payouts some workers get are too high and are not affordable for governments that are having budget problems.

Lawmakers adopted a similar bill in 2010, but Republican Gov. Chris Christie vetoed it, saying he did not want to allow any payouts.

Christie frequently refers to the money retirees get as their “boat checks.”

Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak said in an email Friday that Christie won’t support the new bill, saying “sick time is for when you are sick.”

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