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Deficits at home are hurdle for GOP governors eyeing White House run
Deficits at home are hurdle for GOP governors eyeing White House run

After bolting to national prominence on a record of bringing public employee unions to heel and taming runaway pension costs like those that have challenged state governments across the country, Chris Christie hit a very large hurdle recently. A state court ruling last week caused the retirement policies Christie had battered through New Jersey's Legislature to unravel spectacularly, leaving the state with a massive deficit driven by pension costs that Christie had not, it turns out, gotten fully under control. The judge ruled that Christie had violated state law by not making almost $900 million in required payments to the state pension fund in order to balance last year's...

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