N.J. gov upset with legislature, supreme court

Jessica M. Karmasek Apr. 26, 2011, 4:23pm


TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is giving the state Legislature all incompletes on its report card so far this session.

The "do-nothing" Legislature is just that, he says. With 60-some days left, it has yet to act on critical reforms, Christie said at a town hall meeting Tuesday.

The governor, in a report released the same day, listed the proposals he presented to the Legislature. They include reforms to health benefits, pensions, ethics, education and affordable housing, among others.

Christie gave lawmakers an incomplete grade for all of the reforms, and provided his comments.

He said at the town hall meeting that he needs a Legislature that supports him.

"I don't need people who are going to be an automatic no on everything. That's what Democrats, especially Democrats here in the 14th, have been all about," Christie said, according to the Star-Ledger.

The governor also was critical of the state Supreme Court at the event, the newspaper reported.

Currently, the Court is considering restoring more than $1 billion in cuts to public school spending, which Christie ordered.

Justice Barry Albin also has reportedly questioned Christie's vetoing of a tax on the wealthy that, the governor says, would help make up the funds.

"Some people try to call me a dictator, are you kidding?" Christie said at the meeting, according to The Star-Ledger. "This guy sitting on the bench as a judge is telling me what taxes should be raised."

From Legal Newsline: Reach Jessica Karmasek by e-mail at jessica@legalnewsline.com.

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