N.J. Supreme Court to hear judges’ pension case

    The question of whether Gov. Chris Christie and the Legislature can order judges to pay 9 percent more toward their pensions is headed to the New Jersey Supreme Court.

    The justices will hear arguments Monday in a case brought by Superior Court Judge Paul DePascale of Hudson County.

    DePascale hopes to invalidate a 2011 law requiring judges to pay more toward retirement.
    The law hikes the judges’ pension contributions from 3 percent of their salary to 12 percent after a 7-year phase-in period. Most judges earn $165,000.

    Christie initiated the law requiring higher contributions from all government employees because the state pension system is underfunded by tens of billions of dollars.

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    Judges’ contributions were increased more than other groups. They say the result is an illegal reduction in salary.

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