One of the downloads on the New Jersey Pension and Benefit Study Commission website is a Roadmap for Reform: An Agreement with the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) but excerpts from the 3-page Joint Memo do not show much in the way of agreement:
The attached “roadmap” sets forth the significant recommendations for how future discussions can take place to arrive at a resolution.
The participants in these discussions have acknowledged they do not have the power to speak on behalf of their members and that neither side has the power to speak for the State or any of the local government entities that may be affected by this proposal. However, the NJEA, together with the members of the Commission, believe that
pursuing the path outlined by this “roadmap” may well lead to an equitable resolution of this challenging impasse for all public school employees in the State of New Jersey.
Though in the report itself on pae 3:
As part of our effort, in addition to meeting with persons across the spectrum of interested stakeholders, Commission members engaged in extensive discussions with the leaders of the New Jersey Education Association, the public-sector union with the greatest impact on State finances. Those discussions led to a conceptual framework for moving forward and an accord on some but not all elements of the Commission’s proposal.
Most significantly, while there are details remaining to be worked out, there is agreement on the concept of “freezing” the existing pension plans, replacing them with new plans going forward, and transferring the existing and new plans to new entities in a form that will permit the greatest degree of employee control consistent with federal regulatory constraints for retirement plans for public employees.
And in Christie’s own words:
But shortly after those words were spoken the NJEA on their website clarified their position in a statement that included the line:
While we believe some of the concepts in the report are worth exploring further, we have not yet agreed to anything in the report and we will not agree to some of what it contains.
So we have a joint agreement where one party has “not yet agreed to anything” and “will not agree to some” things. If that passes for agreement in Christie’s world then that explains a lot about those absurd ambitions as he must believe everyone he meets agrees he should be president.