N.J. POLITICS ROUNDUP
A collection of domestic news from a Statehouse and around New Jersey
TRENTON — On a heels of a proclamation that Revel, Atlantic City’s newest casino, is shutting down early subsequent month, Gov. Chris Christie positive soon-to-be impoverished casino workers Thursday he was committed to assisting a city recover mislaid jobs.
“For all those people who we saw as we was walking in chanting, ‘Save a jobs,’ we hear you,” Christie told about a half-dozen casino workers who came to his city gymnasium assembly in Ocean City. “I am plugged in, we am listening and we am working.”
Christie betrothed a limit he announced Wednesday afternoon will move state and internal leaders together to assistance find a resolution to Atlantic City’s woes. The year started with a dozen casinos in Atlantic City; 8 will sojourn by a finish of a year.
“I’m going to contend to we that I’m going to work with we as tough as we can with we and for you,” he said. “I consider if we do that, given all a talent we have in a state, that we will be means to work out these problems.”
CHRISTIE: STUDY SHOWS STATE BENEFITS ARE TOO GENEROUS
Christie also used a city gymnasium pulpit to foster his debate of shortening state workman pensions and health advantage costs.
A investigate expelled Tuesday by Pew Charitable Trusts and a MacArthur Foundation found a inhabitant normal monthly reward for a workman creation $50,000 was $963, compared to $1,334 in New Jersey final year. The study’s authors pronounced there were several factors that expostulate adult premiums, including how most is borne by taxpayers, and a informal cost of vital and prices sets by physicians and hospitals.
“Our health advantages are 39 percent some-more costly than a inhabitant normal … given of a munificence of a advantages that we give,” Christie said. “The taxpayers in this state compensate 91 percent of those costs. Our advantages are some-more abounding and New Jersey taxpayers compensate a larger share than all of a neighbors.”
Just final week, Christie allocated a row of mercantile experts that will suggest ways to revoke a taxation weight of grant and benefits. The state grant complement is confronting scarcely $40 billion in unfunded liabilities, while a health advantages module for stream and late employees is using a $47 billion hole, according to new state Treasury estimates.
STATE POLICE COMMANDER FORFEITS HEALTH COVERAGE, QUARTER OF PENSION
The grant of a late State Police commander has been slashed by scarcely a entertain and lifetime medical advantages revoked after he certified hidden $55,500 from a free account he oversaw that was dictated to assistance associate troopers and their families.
From Aug 2011 until his retirement in Apr 2013, former behaving Maj. Michael Mattia, a 25-year maestro of a force, emptied a bank accounts of a Troop B Health and Welfare Fund in sequence to compensate undisclosed personal expenses.
The state Attorney General’s Office began questioning a burglary shortly after Mattia left a force. He pleaded guilty in Feb and was condemned to dual years’ probation.
The State Police Retirement Board found his bungle was “serious in nature,” disregarded his position as a law coercion officer, and was a “grave act of dignified turpitude,” according to a decision.
Mattia will collect an annual grant of $67,973, scarcely a entertain reduction than a $89,816 he had been collecting given retirement, according to a state Treasury Department. He contingency also repay $25,484 he has collected given retiring, that will be deducted from his monthly payments in increments of $425.
IN OTHER NEWS…
Gov. Chris Christie pronounced he’ll have an answer to a “are we using for president” doubt by a finish of this year or early subsequent year.
Nearly 10,000 people in New Jersey who enrolled in Obamacare may remove their taxation credits that assistance compensate for their health word if they don’t transparent adult gaps in their immigration or citizenship support by Sept. 5.
Staff Writers Christopher Baxter, Kathleen O’Brien and Matt Arco for New Jersey Advance Media contributed to this report.