PRINCETON - A bill is expected to be introduced later today that would require the state's public employees to pay more for health and pension benefits.

Gov. Chris Christie says he expects the bill introduced by Senate President Stephen Sweeney to move quickly through the Senate Budget Committee today and be passed by the Assembly by June 23.

Leaders from both parties in the Legislature and Christie announced yesterday an agreement on legislation to raise employee contribution rates. Unions have planned a protest outside the Statehouse later this morning.

Christie says a deal to require public employees to pay more for health and pension benefits will be a building block for creating an affordable New Jersey. The governor says the bipartisan deal reflects leaders coming together to fix big problems plaguing the state.

Christie spoke to business and government leaders at a dinner hosted by the New Jersey Business and Industry Association.

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