Meanwhile, Christie’s plan to help balance the budget by cutting pension funding by $ 2.4 billion would cost taxpayers almost twice as much over five years.
And Star-Ledger political columnist Paul Mulshine writes that “Christie holds the cards and should play them” regarding the pension standoff.
SUPREME COURT REJECTS SPORTS BETTING APPEAL
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear New Jersey’s appeal to overturn a federal law preventing the state from legalizing sports betting.
Christie said he was disappointed in the decision but suggested the state is moving on.
CHRISTIE PLAYS SOFTBALL AT YANKEE STADIUM
Christie played softball during a charity game at Yankee Stadium on Monday. (See video above and photos below.)
SANDY BILL OF RIGHTS OVERRIDE FAILS
Most of the state Senate’s Republicans who supported the Hurricane Sandy “Bill of Rights” switched their positions and voted no on an attempt to override Christie’s veto of a measure.
Here is a look at how Republicans voted.
POLITICS CHAT RECAP
Read a recap of The Star-Ledger Statehouse Bureau’s weekly live politics chat.
EDITORIAL: STATE WORKER RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS
The Star-Ledger Editorial Board writes that New Jersey should stop requiring state workers to live in the state.
IN OTHER NEWS …
• A new poll shows Christie is reemerging as a top presidential contender in Iowa, which holds the country’s first presidential caucus.
• Environmentalists and lawmakers from both parties called on state Assembly leaders to act on a plan to save New Jersey’s out-of-cash open space trust fund.
• Legislation that would eliminate some of the confusion over the state’s popular NJ STARS scholarship program is headed to Christie’s desk.