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N.J. Supreme Court Voids Christie’s Promotion-Rule Changes

August 19, 2018

By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

TRENTON, N.J.—The New Jersey Supreme Court on Aug. 8 voided changes former Gov. Chris Christie’s administration had attempted to make to the way state employees are promoted, upholding the state Legislature’s blocking the revised rules in 2013. The state Civil Service Commission had created a system called “job banding,” which put some job titles into groups where employees could be promoted without taking competitive examinations. The Democratic-majority Legislature, contending that the change violated the intent of the Civil Service Act, invoked its legislative-review authority to invalidate it—but the administration continued to develop the job-banding system. The Communications Workers of America and the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, along with state Senate President Stephen Sweeney and then-Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, filed a lawsuit challenging that. “We conclude that the Legislature correctly determined that [the rule] conflicts with two provisions of the Civil Service Act,” Justice Anne Patterson wrote. CWA state director Hetty Rosenstein said the decision finally closes the door “on another terrible chapter [in] Christie’s tenure.” Read more

August 19, 2018

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