LONG HILL - Gov. Chris Christie defended proposed changes to the state's public worker pension program at a town hall today in Morris County.

Christie’s defense comes after Democrats criticized the governor for using those cuts in an effort to tackle $50 billion in health benefit and pension debt. Christie says he'll take "more extreme measures" to fix the system if the legislature refuses to cut costs.

"We heard from leaders of the legislature that there is no pension problem and we're not going to do anything to fix a problem that doesn't exist,'" says Christie.

Christie says the pension system is underfunded by $52 billion despite recent reforms and previous benefit cuts.

Democrats have said the state should be focused on improving the economy and creating more jobs.

The governor's next town hall will be a return to the Sandy recovery theme. It's scheduled for next Tuesday in Toms River.

For the complete town hall meeting, watch the clips to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.