New laws are blamed for New Jersey granting a record number of accidental disability pensions this year.

Public employees who qualify receive two-thirds of their final salary, with no state or federal taxes deducted, and life insurance without having to pay a premium until age 55.

Employees receive 40 percent of salary and federal taxes are deducted under a normal disability.  The Statehouse Bureau of The Star-Ledger of Newark and The Record says records show the state made $91.5 million in payments to police and firefighters in 2010.

The state Supreme Court in 2007 and 2008 changed eligibility rules.  Pension board chairman John Sierchio says two-thirds of the cases heard involve people who are not really permanently disabled.

Gov. Chris Christie says he'd like to change the laws.  

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Information from: The (Newark) Star-Ledger and The (Woodland

Park) Record, and