TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — 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.

The vote by the Senate Budget Committee was 9-4.

The full Senate is scheduled to vote next week.

The panel heard more than four hours of testimony Thursday. Union leaders urged Democratic legislators to reject the measure.

More than 2,000 protested outside the Statehouse.

The bill legislates health care changes that are typically bargained. It bases contributions to health benefits on employee income. Pension contributions would also rise.

Should public workers contribute to their pensions and health care benefits? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  3. MB says:

    Has anyone ever put an impeachment plan in office for Bg Bully Christie and his Gang. Wiener steppe ownfor dirty photos, this governor ha done worse than that to the residents, he has been insulting verbally and his actions concerning his political ideas have done worse to people than a prostitute. he was hird (elected), gets paid and scr…….ed , continously. He is indecent, but what does he care he is one of the millionaires in the state who doesn’t have to pay the millinnaire taxes. To the committee last night: shame on you all! these people gave their all, pleaded, and cried their beliefs and needs to you and you looked like you really cared already knowing the outcome. Mr. committe chairman, I though a year ago I saw you being interviewed and you were on our side including the non-closing of Hagedorn, you dissapoint me.
    P>S> do the elected officials get their pension and health payments increased? Oh no that’s right they get a free ride until they die, Christie will get it (pension) when he leaves office I am sure being a millionaire e hasn’t paid into he pension fund a much as our retirees have.

  4. MB says:

    He will and there is nothing we can do aout it. It took real Americans to stop Hitler it ill take Real New Jerseyans and Americans to stop Christie’s stupidness. I wish we had a system of exile like foreign countries have. No other country or state ould want him. But unfortunately he pulled the wool over his voters eyes. Please when it is time for electing another Governor, open your eyes, and keep aclothes pin on your nose so youe can’t smell all the BS. He is like any other dictator he has congress and senate afraid of him, e’s a bully, but remember sometimes it is the little weakling who takes dowthe bully in the end. Everbody who reads this and agrees please keep your head up and don’t buckle to the system.

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