- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Unions representing New Jersey state troopers are the first to sue Gov. Chris Christie over pension payment proposals contained in his latest budget address.

NJ Advance Media (https://bit.ly/1Malv6w) reports the State Troopers Fraternal Association of New Jersey, the State Troopers Non-Commissioned Officers Association and the State Troopers Superior Officers Association filed the suit in state Superior Court this week.

Last week Christie used much of his budget address to restate the case he has made for years - that pension and health insurance benefits for government workers are too costly and will continue to drag down spending on schools and other priorities.

Unions also sued Christie over his contribution reductions for the fiscal 2014 and 2015 budgets.

Christie cut both last year after a surprise state revenue shortfall.

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Information from: NJ Advance Media.

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