Honor commitment to N.J. unions with pension payments, poll respondents say

A new Fairleigh Dickinson PublicMind Poll finds that it’s not just politicians who are concerned about New Jersey’s public employee pension system.

Almost two-thirds of New Jersey voters believe the pension system is experiencing serious problems, with a quarter of them saying it’s already a crisis, said Krista Jenkins, poll director.

“When we asked them what should be done to shore up the system’s financial solvency, by about a two-to-one ratio, we find that voters believe the state needs to honor its promises to workers rather than reduce payouts,” she said.

Gov. Chris Christie said he’d rather reduce the state’s pension contributions than raise taxes.

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The disagreement on just what should be done means it’s not likely there will be a quick fix for the pension system’s woes, Jenkins said.

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