Elected city officials gathered on the steps of City Hall this week calling for funding for city crossing guards.
Some employers are cutting spousal benefits and work hours.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says a deal to reform public employee benefits is his greatest accomplishment since taking office in 2010.
The divisive bill passed 46-32 with support from all Republicans who were present and a smattering of Democrats.
Some Democrats are vowing to fight a provision in a proposed health benefits law that would limit New Jersey public workers’ access to out-of-state medical care.
Organizers said up to 10,000 were expected to protest staff cuts and promote public safety. They said budget cuts and layoffs have thinned their ranks to unsafe levels.
New Jersey’s Republican governor and the Democratic state Senate president agree that public workers must pay more for their health benefits.
The findings were released Wednesday by the Empire Center for New York State Policy. It’s part of the fiscally conservative Manhattan Institute.