Christie returns for budget, but Democrats looking to 2017

Gov. Chris Christie returns to New Jersey from the presidential campaign trail to bear down on next year’s budget where he will show his plans on funding the public pension.

Christie is set to deliver his second-to-last budget address on Tuesday, but unions and his rivals in the Democratic-controlled Legislature are already looking beyond the failed Republican candidate.

Christie is in office through 2017.

Democratic lawmakers have begun down a path that looks ahead to 2017, when a new governor will be elected, pushing forward a proposal to amend the constitution to require quarterly pension payments.

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It’s an approach backed by unions, but Christie says it could prove disastrous.

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