Amid presidential politics, Christie and Walker take different paths on union issues

Associated Press

New Jersey's Chris Christie and Wisconsin's Scott Walker are getting ready to run for president. But they've still got their day jobs as governors, making for another round in the ring with organized labor.

Christie is trying to reach a deal to fix New Jersey's underfunded pension system by working with a teacher's union he's repeatedly clashed with.

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Walker is prepared to sign legislation that would make Wisconsin a right-to-work state and is dismissing the objections of union protesters, as he did in 2011.

The two different approaches — one seeking detente, the other not bothering — underscore both the legislative realities each governor faces at home, as well as the message each is trying to send as he prepares to enter the 2016 presidential campaign.