NJ governor: Union blocking teacher salary freeze

(AP) - Gov. Chris Christie says he believes a majority of New Jersey's public school teachers would accept a one-year salary freeze - if their union would give them the option.

Christie says the New Jersey Education Association has blocked teachers in many districts from considering the freeze.

The Republican governor asked school personnel to skip raises in the coming year due to the state's dire budget picture. He's proposed slashing more than $800 million in state aid to schools.

Meanwhile, the NJEA filed suit Wednesday to try to block recent legislation that would require public school employees to contribute 1.5 percent of their salaries toward health insurance coverage.

In its suit, the NJEA claims the law violates teachers' collective bargaining rights.

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