Christie touts budget vetoes at Caldwell town hall

Christie also repeated his call for new pension

Christie also repeated his call for new pension and benefits reforms during a town hall meeting held Tuesday at the Caldwell Community Center. (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

TRENTON - (AP) -- Gov. Chris Christie continues to tout his vetoes of proposed tax hikes.

The Republican governor also repeated his call for new pension and benefits reforms during a town hall meeting held Tuesday at the Caldwell Community Center.

Christie said that health benefit costs for public workers are "completely out of control." He warned the state is headed toward catastrophe unless costs are reined in.

The governor on Monday vetoed a pair of income and business tax hikes that Democratic lawmakers had proposed to fill a gaping budget hole.

He is instead delaying contributions to the public employees' pension fund to fill the gap.

Christie also discussed his budget Tuesday morning during an appearance on CNBC.

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