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Policy: Budgets & Deficits

Chris Christie hits to town hall circuit for budget talk

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MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie is heading to Burlington County to talk about the state budget.

The Republican will be in Mount Laurel for a town hall meeting Thursday. He's expected to discuss the prospect of making additional changes to the public worker pension system.

The governor has said the reforms he signed into law in 2011 didn't go far enough, but he hasn't offered a specific proposal to fix a long-term funding gap.

Democrats say pension funding is on the right track.

Like three prior town halls in recent weeks, Thursday's event is being staged in a town that supported Christie in both gubernatorial elections.

The 51-year-old governor has been dogged by a political payback scandal that has raised questions about his chances in a potential 2016 presidential race.

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