Codey Statement On State Employee Contract Negotiations

TRENTON – Senate President Richard J. Codey (D-Essex) today released the following statement on the results of Governor Corzine’s contract negotiations with state employee unions:

“It now appears that everybody came out a winner in these negotiations – the taxpayers, union employees and the Governor. Without question, Governor Corzine delivered on his promise to achieve many of the Legislature’s pension and benefit reform goals through contract negotiations. Obviously, the unions must still agree to these changes and the legislature will have to adopt some of these measures statutorily, but these preliminary agreements are certainly encouraging. In the end, these agreements are fair to our employees and our taxpayers and will produce the kind of long-term savings that we had originally envisioned.