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Christie confident Sweeney will compromise on cuts

Gov. Chris Christie says he thinks Senate President Steve Sweeney is open to working with him on new pension and benefits cuts.

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Governor Christie in Ocean City
Governor Christie in Ocean City (Townsquare Media NJ)
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Christie continues push for benefit changes

The "No Pain, No Gain" message was carried out once again by Gov. Chris Christie, who brought his town hall tour to Ocean City on Thursday.

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CWA Protest
CWA Protest in Trenton on June 12, 2014 (Kevin McArdle, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Unions update lawsuits over NJ pensions

A group of public workers unions have revised their lawsuits aimed at trying to compel New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to put pay more into pension funds.

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Gov. Christie announces plan to deal with budget
Gov. Christie announces plan to deal with budget (Gov Office)
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Judge approves Christie’s pension cuts [AUDIO]

Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson ruled Wednesday in favor of Gov. Chris Christie in a lawsuit seeking to stop him from slashing this fiscal year's payment into the public employees' pension fund.

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CWA protest on June 12
CWA protest on June 12 (Kevin McArdle, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Sweeny hopes Christie loses pension lawsuit [AUDIO]

Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford) said he hopes public employee labor unions are successful in their lawsuit to stop Gov. Chris Christie from slashing the state's pension payment in the current fiscal year. The case is set to be heard on June 25.

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Gov. Chris Christie at his town hall session in Somerset
Gov. Chris Christie at his town hall session in Somerset (Dino Flammia, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Christie: Scrap Realty Transfer Fees

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday at a town hall that he'd do away with realty transfer fees, a major source of tax revenue, that cost a retired state trooper in the audience $5,435 after selling a house two weeks ago.

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Governor Chris Christie answers questions during the 112th Town Hall in Toms River.
(Governor's Office/Tim Larsen) Governor Chris Christie answers questions during the 112th Town Hall in Toms River.
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Christie Talks Pensions, ‘School Patriotism’ [VIDEO/AUDIO]

Gov. Chris Christie's 112th town hall meeting started with a focus on Superstorm Sandy and the second round of federal aid headed to New Jersey later this year, but much of the question-and-answer segment addressed issues unrelated to the October 2012 disaster.

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Salary, Pension Bill Shelved for Now

Legislation that would have given Gov. Chris Christie the power to raise salaries for his cabinet, increased judges' pay and tweaked the public employee pension law to benefit a few elected officials is on hold indefinitely.

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New Jersey Statehouse
New Jersey Statehouse (VisionsofAmerica/Joe Sohm, Getty Images)
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Gov. Christie: Make $2.25 Billion Pension Payment

Gov. Chris Christie will seek a $2.25 billion payment to the state pension system when he issues his proposed state budget at 2 p.m. today. This according to the following excerpts released at 6 a.m. this morning.

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Steve Malanga discusses the Common Sense Institute of NJ Pension Study. (Photo by David Matthau, Townsquare Media)
Steve Malanga discusses the Common Sense Institute of NJ Pension Study. (Photo by David Matthau, Townsquare Media)
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NJ Pension Woes Persist [AUDIO]

A new Common Sense Institute of New Jersey pension study finds the state is doing a better job of making payments into the pension system, but those will have to increased by billions of dollars over the next few years to prevent the system from falling into further debt, and no one knows where that money will come from.

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