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January 21, 2011

Re:    1.5% Health Care Contributions Law Held to Be Constitutional

Dear Mayor:

Judge Feinberg released her decision in the various cases filed by police and fire unions challenging the required 1.5% healthcare contribution that was a centerpiece of Governor Christie’s recent pension and benefit reforms.

Judge Feinberg found the required contributions to be constitutional, and they will go forward as written.

We anticipate an appeal by the unions, but for now, the law stands as written when signed by the governor.  You can read the decisions here:

We urge you to consult with your municipal attorney or labor attorney on the impact of this decision.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Matthew Weng at 609-695-3481 ext 137 or at

Very truly yours,


William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director


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