Christie urges Legislature for quicker action

(AP) - New Jersey's Republican governor says theDemocratic-controlled Legislature is not acting quickly enough tomove his reform agenda.Gov. Chris Christie accused the Legislature of approvinginconseq

EWING - (AP) - New Jersey's Republican governor says theDemocratic-controlled Legislature is not acting quickly enough tomove his reform agenda.

Gov. Chris Christie accused the Legislature of approvinginconsequential legislation while failing to act - or even debate -bills he says are crucial to providing property tax relief andreforming schools.

Christie told a Ewing town hall audience Tuesday that theLegislature has 70 days to act before recessing for Christmas.

Before then, he wants pension and health benefits changes, meritpay and tenure reforms for teachers and ethics reforms.

Christie says the legislative branch isn't working hard enough.

Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver says property taxes haveskyrocketed because of ill-conceived Republican policies.

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