"This is the job I got hired to do," Christie says in a video posted tonight onwww.state.nj.us/governor/reformagenda, the governor’s office website. I am not going to back off what I promised to do. That’s my covenant with the people of this state."
One of the initiatives of the what the Statehouse iscalling the "Christie Reform Agenda" will deal with ethics and will be formally introduced to the Legislature , said Maria Comella, a spokeswoman for the governor. Among other things, it will call forstricter rules on financial disclosure by state officials, and propose that violators forfeit their pensions and campaign accounts.
The governor will also seek to curtail the practice of publicofficials receiving multiple government salaries, she said.
Comella declined to discuss other specifics of the reform package until Christie formally introduces them in the coming weeks.
The Republicangovernor will begin outlining the initiatives during a series of televised appearances Tuesday morning, followed by a town hall-style meeting in Wayne. He plans to spend the rest of the month rollingout the different proposals in the package, Comella said.
Christie wants the Democrat-controlled Legislature to enact the measures by the time lawmakers break for Christmas, aides said.
"This is aproactive fall reform agenda, intending to seize on the momentum we’ve had over the last few months," Comella said.
Democrats view it differently, however, calling the proposals nothing more than anattempt to divert attention away from the recent education controversy that led to firing of education Commissioner Bret Schundler.
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