The Newark Star-Ledger quotes GOP State Senator Cardinale blaming unions for holding up sick time payout reform, but then refers to a report documenting payouts to five police chiefs and one captain. Collectively bargained payouts are much less and state workers have been capped at $15,000 for years. In 2010, it was Gov. Christie who vetoed a bill that would have capped unused sick time at $15,000 — a ceiling that has been in place for state workers since 1986. In 2011, he conditionally vetoed a bill that would have limited the payout for unused sick time to $7,500, saying the cap should be zero.