Thousands of public union workers rally at Statehouse

Thousands of angry public union workers descended on the Statehouse in Trenton today for the second protest in just one week.Organizers say up to 10,000

TRENTON - Thousands of angry public union workers descended on the Statehouse in Trenton today for the second protest in just one week.

Organizers say up to 10,000 off-duty and retired police officers and firefighters rallied against what they think are unfair attacks on their pension and benefits systems. Demonstrators say they're also fighting budget cuts and layoffs that have thinned their ranks to unsafe levels.

The changes have been proposed by Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) and state Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-N.J.), who say the state's health and pension systems are underfunded by billions of dollars and headed toward its collapse.

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