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Unions Protest New Jersey Pension Funding

Hundreds of union members crowded the road and walkways at New Jersey's Statehouse to protest Gov. Chris Christie's funding reductions to public pensions.

Protesters on Tuesday carried a mix of signs, including one that said ``Tax Millionaires Fund the Pension.'' Others shouted ``We want to be paid'' and ``Governor Christie, breaking his word, breaking the law.''

Christie reduced the state contribution toward retirement funds for public workers last year. He has put in more than predecessors, but less than he agreed to in a pension overhaul in 2011.

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The state Supreme Court heard arguments last week on whether the state must put in more for the current fiscal year.

A lower court is waiting for the ruling on that case before deciding on Christie's planned contribution for next fiscal year. 

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