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Christie to talk pension reform at town hall

Local News | Jun 25, 2014

Christie to talk pension reform at town hall

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie could face some harsh criticism over his plan to scale back planned payments to the state’s pension system during a trip to Camden County.

The Republican governor is scheduled to hold his 122nd town hall-style event Wednesday morning in Haddon Heights.

His office says Christie will begin by making his case for additional pension and health benefits reforms for the state’s public workers.

The event comes as Christie and the Democratic-controlled state legislature are locked in a showdown over a budget due Monday.

Christie has proposed cutting planned pension contributions to help bridge a projected $2.75 billion budget gap for the coming fiscal year.

Democrats instead want to raise revenue by upping income taxes on residents earning more than $1 million a year, among other measures.