WEST DEPTFORD - Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) today held his first town hall meeting since unveiling his 2012 proposed budget.

The crowd at the West Deptford event didn't hold back their concerns on Christie's planned $29.4 billion budget, which would require the Democratic-controlled Legislature to enact major changes to public employees' pension and health benefits.

The governor has proposed making an early contribution to the state's underfunded pension system if the Democratic Legislature agrees to his pension reform plan. Many residents said it's time for politicians to accept blame for the massive debt.

Christie has also proposed doubling property tax rebates for some and modest increases in school aid.

AP wire services contributed to this report.

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