Union response coming up in New Jersey pension case

Public worker unions are preparing their response to claims from Gov. Chris Christie’s administration that a judge “fabricated” a right to pension contributions at a certain level.

A legal filing due Monday to the state Supreme Court is the latest in a string of court filings over Christie’s decision not to contribute to public workers’ pensions at the level planned in a 2011 law he signed.

The governor says the state does not have enough money to make up so quickly for years of skipped or skimped payments.

But unions say the state has a contractual obligation and the pension funds are in danger of running out of money if the payments are not made up.

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Arguments in the case are scheduled for next month.

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