The Associated Press reports:
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie starting taking victory laps Friday, touting a landmark employee benefits deal that requires public workers to contribute significantly more for pension and health benefits, bringing them in line with private sector workers.
In interviews with major media outlets and on talk shows, Christie suggested politicians in Washington could learn a thing or two from New Jersey.
“I am going to guarantee you when it’s finished (it) will become a national model and will be hailed across the country as an example of bipartisanship that the president and the Congress can only aspire to,” Christie said of the legislation.
“It’s a monumental accomplishment, it really is. Very few states have done anything this sweeping in one piece of legislation,” Christie told the AP, calling underfunded pension and health care obligations “the core problems of government spending in the country.”