Legislature votes to let people decide judges' benefits

TRENTON - Both chambers of the state's Legislature voted today to let voters decide if judges should pay more toward their pensions and health benefits.

The state Supreme Court ruled last week that judges don't have to adhere to a new law saying they have to pay more toward their pensions and health care, ruling that the provision takes away from judges' salaries. Those salaries are protected under state law.

Gov. Christie supports the proposal, saying that judges contribute about $59,000 toward their pensions, but get back about $2.3 million in benefits.

The measure will go before voters in November.

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