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Unions, Christie clashing again over pensions

Library | Jul 23, 2014

Unions, Christie clashing again over pensions

LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie says the only threat to the pensions of retired New Jersey public workers is if the system goes bankrupt.

Christie said Tuesday that he does not intend to cut benefits to retirees or those close to retirement, but is considering changes for younger workers.

The Republican governor is using summertime town hall meetings in shore communities to build his case for changing the state’s pension programs.

But he has not laid out specific proposals. He says those will come sometime next month.

Public workers unions are protesting in advance. A few hundred showed up to his talk Tuesday in Long Beach Township. They were silent as he talked, though.