NJ COLA case decision coming

Tomorrow is the Day!

According to Charles Ouslander’s gofundme site, the judiciary website has listed that the opinion in Berg v. Christie, the COLA case, will be issued on June 9th.

A-71/72-14  Richard W. Berg v. Hon. Christopher J. Christie (074612)
Is the State of New Jersey entitled to sovereign immunity with respect to plaintiffs’ federal Contract Clause claim; and do these public-employee plaintiffs have a contractual right to the payment of cost of living increases?
Certification granted:  7/30/15
Posted:  7/31/15
Argued: 3/14/16
Decided: 6/9/16

Usually, the opinion is available on-line at about 10AM. The link is as follows:


Polls are still open:


10 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Anonymous on June 8, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    All laws in New Jersey are considered unconstitutional


  2. Posted by steve on June 8, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    The court ruled that corp.have the same rights as people-if you follow that that twisted logic -it includes gov.—-so where does it leave the real flesh and blood person—-I guess you will get your answer tomorrow


  3. Posted by dentss dunnigan on June 8, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    • Posted by Greg Lamon on June 9, 2016 at 11:04 am

      I read the news clip about Chicago. What they have there is not in my opinion a COLA. A COLA is tied to a local or regional cost of living analysis and is designed to maintain retiree purchasing power as inflation occurs. What Chicago has according to this article is an annual raise that has no connection to the cost of living. Calling this a COLA is misleading and a disservice to retirement systems that have COLA features that maintain the purchasing power of retirees, not grow it.


  4. Posted by MJ on June 8, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Honestly why don’t we all just accept that not one damn thing is going to change…..COLA or not there still isn’t any way to fund pensions. I have been following this blog and others for years and it’s all the same. No reform no change nothing that will make a difference for the average citizen


  5. Posted by Anonymous on June 8, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    I am only receiving 1392 a month after 30 years so if they give me my colawhich was due to me in 2012 at least I will have a higher base to start from when they start chopping my pension down. That is the only bright side I see


  6. Posted by George on June 8, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    If the court overturns COLAs, can the state claw back money it overpaid?


    • Posted by Anonymous on June 8, 2016 at 11:15 pm

      Oh you mean like all the overpayments they made into the pension system every July since the beginning


      • Posted by dentss dunnigan on June 9, 2016 at 9:35 am

        If you look at the question properly ,you can see that if the courts rule against COLA those that have received it for years have taken money out of the pensions that should go to other retirees benefits ..It’s just like the double and triple dippers that money really belongs to the pension to pay benefits


  7. Posted by Anonymous on June 9, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Bwahahaha, sorry I have to laugh. What about all the billions of dollars of missed payments and don’t forget the interest that would have been made on the missed payments!


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