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Christie Talks Pension Reform Amid Singing Protestors

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Governor Christie was in Belmar yesterday for his latest stop on his “No Pain, No Gain summer conversation tour” and rather than talking exclusively about pension reform, the governor instead opened up talking about bail reform.

A very creative group of protestors called the “solidarity singers” of the New Jersey Industrial Union Council gathered outside the meeting, holding signs that said “Our Pain, Christie’s Gain” and broke out into song about some of New Jersey’s ongoing issues and their feelings about the Governor.

“Chris Christie, Jersey’s big ole’ bully,” they sang.

Christie acknowledged the need for bail and pension reform.

“Now that I’m here and I do know about it, I’m not gonna be quiet about it, I’m not gonna pretend it’s not here and I’m not gonna tell you that everything’s gonna be okay. The only way everything is going to be okay is if we step up and we deal with the problem like adults. That’s the only way it’s gonna happen,” he said.

Christie noted that he will be presenting a plan at the end of the summer for pension reform.

Lobbyist Jeanette Hoffman chimed in to discuss how politicians in the past have all made promises about pension reform, but no one has ever kept those promises.

“It’s the equivalent of buying a house and only making half the mortgage payment, you’re gonna be underwater after a while and that’s kind of where our state is right now. Our state budget has been underwater for quite some time. So Governor Christie here is saying enough is enough we need to make these hard choices,” she said.

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