Required Retirement Contributions After Contract Expiration Do Not Violate ‘Contracts Clause’

In 2010, at the suggestion of newly-elected Governor Chris Christie, the New Jersey Legislature enacted a number of reductions to the retirement benefits provided firefighters and law enforcement officers. One of the changes altered the definition of “final compensation” used in calculating retirement benefits for persons who became members of the Police and Fireman’s Retirement System after the law’s effective date. Instead of defining “final compensation” for such new…

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