The state Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned a lower-court judge’s order that told the Republican governor and the Democrat-controlled Legislature to work out a way to increase pension contributions for the current fiscal year. That ends June 30.
In a 5-2 ruling, the court says there wasn’t an enforceable contract to force the full payment.
One of Christie’s signature achievements as governor has been a 2011 deal on pensions for public workers. Employees had to pay more and the government was locked into making up for years of skipped or reduced contributions.
Christie reduced the state’s payment last year amid a surprise tax revenue shortfall.