EDISON - Lawmakers will begin the process for a constitutional amendment after the state Supreme Court ruled that making judges pay more for benefits is unconstitutional.

A Hudson County Superior Court judge had sued the state after Gov. Chris Christie asked public workers to contribute more to pensions and health benefits. The judge argued that a law is already in place that sets judge benefits and upping contributions would ultimately result in a pay decrease.

Lawmakers want a vote for the amendment put on the November ballot.NJ Supreme Court: Judges do not have to put in more for benefits