New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Photo: AP

June 24 (Bloomberg) — Governor Chris Christie has leverage in the dispute with New Jersey Democrats and public-employee unions over pension-payment cuts because of the power of his office and the pace of the courts.

“There really is no way to stop him,” said Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, a Republican from Little Silver who is his party’s budget officer in that house. “He has a huge amount of leeway in the line-item veto. It’s all political posturing and message-sending to special interests. A colossal waste of time.”

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