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Gov. Chris Christie, with Eric Scott (right), on "Ask the Governor" in February (Kira Buxton, Townsquare Media)
Gov. Chris Christie, with Eric Scott (right), on "Ask the Governor" in February (Kira Buxton, Townsquare Media)
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Christie says NJ’s budget problems are almost solved

Can most of New Jersey's budget woes be solved with a deal to reform the public employee pension and health benefits system? Gov. Chris Christie has said that is the case, but the chair of the state Senate Budget Committee adamantly disagreed during a hearing at which the state treasurer testified.

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(David Matthau, Townsquare Media NJ)
(David Matthau, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Christie: Pension Cuts Were Necessary [POLL/AUDIO]

The largest public employees union in the Garden State will join with the New Jersey Education Association and sue Gov. Chris Christie, after he announced plans to cut the contribution to the public worker pension system by $2.5 billion over the next 13 months.

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Governor's Office/Tim Larsen
Governor's Office/Tim Larsen
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Christie Versus Buono On Pension And Health Benefits Reform [AUDIO]

The public employee pension and health benefit reforms enacted in 2011 will be a major issue in this year's gubernatorial campaign in New Jersey.

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Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney (right) and Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan (Darren Hauck, Getty Images)
Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney (right) and Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan (Darren Hauck, Getty Images)
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Could Chris Christie Come To Paul Ryan’s Defense? [AUDIO]

Democrats couldn't wait to pounce on GOP vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan's proposals to overhaul Medicare and privatize social security.

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NJ Supreme Court (Facebook)
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Should NJ Judges Pay More For Their Benefits? [AUDIO]

Earlier this week, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that judges do not have contribute more for their pensions and health benefits despite a relatively new law that required them to do so.

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Governor Christie Town Hall
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Christie Tells Town Hall: No Tax Cut, No Budget Deal [VIDEO]

With time running out before Governor Christie must reach a deal with Democrats on a state budget, the governor said he won't sign one that doesn't include some form of a tax cut.

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Judges’ Pension Payments Should Be Decided By Residents, Lawmakers Say

Assemblywomen Amy Handlin and Caroline Casagrande have reintroduced a bill that would allow voters to determine whether New Jersey’s Constitution should be amended to clarify that the Legislature does have the authority to include judges in the pension and healthcare law enacted last year.

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