Judge: NJ public employees to pay for insurance

(AP) - A New Jersey judge has refused to block anew law that will require public employees to pay 1.5 percent oftheir salaries toward health insurance.

The payments apply to expired contracts.

Unions for police officers and firefighters on Thursdayattempted to keep the law from taking effect Friday. They arguedit's an area that should be regulated by collective bargaininginstead of legislation. They also said it amounts to an unfair taxon public employees and the law was vague.

Superior Court Judge Linda Feinberg rejected all thosearguments, saying there's no reason to issue a restraining order.

The unions still have a chance to halt the measure through their lawsuit.

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