EDISON - Gov. Chris Christie held his eighth town hall meeting this morning at the Italian American's Hall in Scotch Plains.

The governor discussed his plans to reform the state's education and pension systems. He also criticized members of the legislature for planning to take two weeks off when they have only 61 days to approve his reform plans.

Christie said reforms in which teachers pay 1.5 percent for benefits and the ability to fire teachers who don't perform well continue to be his goal. The governor also stressed that the state's pension and health benefit systems for state workers are severely under funded.

He also jokingly commented on his ongoing battle with the state teacher's association saying New Jersey Education Association commercials may as well tell New Jersey residents he hates kids and teachers.