Communications Workers of America Local 1033 sued New Jersey on Wednesday, claiming Gov. Chris Christie seeks to illegally require public employees to pay more into their pension plans.
The state seeks to “unlawfully shift” to union members the “cumulative costs of the state’s chronic failure to fund required contributions” to pension plans, according to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Trenton, N.J.
Mr. Christie’s proposal, which would also raise the retirement age to 65 from 62 and freeze cost-of-living adjustments, is scheduled to go before the state Assembly on Thursday for final passage. The Senate approved it Monday by a 24-15 vote.
On Wednesday, Mr. Christie said his decision to skip a contribution to the state pension system, which has a deficit of nearly $54 billion, was because of the economic recession. He said it was the “most responsible” choice to make, and previous governors created the problem by underfunding the pension system.