When the umpire’s in your pocket throw anything up there and it’s going to be called a strike.
It was the Debt Limitation and Appropriations clauses of the state constitution that a judge agreed in 2012 would allow cost-of-living-adjustments (COLAa) to be suspended for New Jersey public retirees. In 2014 an Appeals court disagreed and COLAs are back pending a decision by the New Jersey Supreme Court that should come next month.
However in their argument this time the state did not revisit the Debt Limitation and Appropriations clauses. Rather it threw out:
Which to a non-lawyer in the stands like me looks like:
The question is whether a majority of the NJ Supreme Court will see the state’s pitch as a strike.