nj.com put up a handy slideshow of what they see as Chris Christie’s nine biggest lies and two pension lies kick off the list:
Pensions are ‘sacred’
When the public workers unions asked Christie in 2009 during his campaign to oust then Gov. Jon Corzine if he intended to cut their benefits, he told them their pensions were “sacred” to him. “The notion that I would eliminate, change, or alter your pension is not only a lie, but cannot be further from the truth,” he wrote then. “Your pension and benefits will be protected when I am elected governor.” “He seemed very sincere,” Bill Lavin head of the firefighters union said. “Why doubt someone who says this is sacred to them?”
The truth: If you’re in New Jersey, you know he made cutting those benefits the centerpiece of his first year in office, and continues to be one of the most controversial issues in the state.
N.J.s courts support pension reform
Why would Christie boast on national TV about his success with pension reform if it’s not truly reform? “We just won a major court decision supporting the pension reforms that we put into place in 2011.” he told George Stephanapoulos of ABC News.
The truth: The state Supreme Court found the reforms, which he instituted, to be unconstitutional. Christie’s own lawyers put forth that argument so that he could escape the law’s provision requiring major payments into the pension fund.
In Christie’s defense: