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NJ Gov. Chris Christie (credit: Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)

Gov. Chris Christie Signs NJ Public Employees Benefits Bill

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed landmark employee benefits legislation requiring a half-million public workers to pay more for pension and health benefits.

06/28/2011

Gov. Chris Christie (credit: Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)

NJ Public Workers Pension Contributions Bill Heads To Senate Monday

Since the New Jersey Assembly approved the employee benefits bill and the supplemental measure Thursday, it’s now up to the Democrat-controlled Senate to cross the last “T” before sending the legislation to Governor Chris Christie.

06/26/2011

New Jersey Statehouse - Trenton, NJ - File Photo

Thousands Protest As Vote On NJ Public Worker Benefits Nears

Thousands of unionized public workers protested outside the Statehouse against legislation that would require a half-million government employees to make sharply higher health care and pension contributions.

06/23/2011

Governor Chris Christie  (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)

Gov. Christie Holds Town Hall As Legislators Grapple With Budget, Public Worker Pensions

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie heads to North Jersey to hold his 20th town hall of the year as big issues loom at the Statehouse. Wednesday’s town hall event is being held at the Fair Lawn Community Center.

06/22/2011

Ginger Adamson, of Orange, N.J., is seen supporting the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2211 as public employee unions protest near the New Jersey Statehouse in a rally against pension and health care legislation that went before the Assembly Budget Committee, Monday, June 20, 2011 in Trenton, N.J. (credit: Julio Cortez/AP)

New Jersey Senate Passes Benefits Bill In 24-15 Vote

The New Jersey Senate has passed a bill requiring sharply higher contributions for pensions and health benefits from public workers while suspending unions’ ability to bargain over health care.

06/20/2011

Health care graphic (Credit: AP)

NJ Dems Oppose Limits On Out-Of-State Medical Care

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.

06/19/2011

New Jersey State House - Trenton, NJ - File Photo

NJ Senate Committee Passes Bill To Increase Public Workers’ Contribution To Pensions

A bill requiring 500,000 public workers in New Jersey to shoulder a significantly larger share of the costs for their health care and pension benefits and take the issue off the bargaining table has advanced over staunch objections from organized labor.

06/17/2011

New Jersey Statehouse - Trenton, NJ - File Photo

Union Leader Compares Gov. Christie To Hitler At Rally

Labor leaders rallying for collective bargaining rights in New Jersey went on the offensive Thursday with one comparing Gov. Chris Christie to Adolf Hitler and two Democratic legislative leaders to his generals.

06/16/2011

Judging Which Sector Receives Higher Pay Is Tricky

Researchers comparing total compensation for public versus private employees have come to very different conclusions, largely because of how they weigh different factors.

04/16/2011

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano (credit: Photo/Mona Rivera)

Nassau County Exec Plans Layoffs, Furloughs Amid Budget Woes

Edward Mangano’s proposal includes over $60 million in employee-related cuts, and would impose a 13-day unpaid furlough for county workers.

03/23/2011

A construction worker is seen at One World Trade Center - New York, NY - Mar 9, 2011 - Photo: Chris Hondros/Getty Images

Report: Public Employees Make Less Than Those In Private Sector In NYC

On average, New York City employees are paid 17 percent less than workers in the private sector, according to Comptroller John Liu.

03/10/2011

Union Rally In Trenton on Feb. 25, 2011 (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

NJ Unions Rally At Statehouse For Wisconsin Public Workers

Wisconsin state workers protesting a move to severely curtail their collective bargaining rights have found allies in New Jersey.

02/25/2011

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

Poll: NJ Voters Want Public Workers’ Costs Hiked

A new poll shows a majority of New Jersey voters approve of Gov. Chris Christie’s proposal requiring public workers to pay higher health care premiums.

09/22/2010