Christie signs worker pension reform measures

(AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed three bills making pensions and health benefits for governmentworkers less generous.

The governor signed the reform measures at about 8:30 p.m. Monday, shortly after the Legislature passed them.

The package of bills hit a snag in the Assembly. A compromise was reached after six hours of negotiations.

The bills require all government workers to contribute at least 1.5 percent of their salaries toward health care costs, cap the amount of unused sick and vacation time workers can cash out at retirement and bar part-timers from enrolling in the state pension system.

These were the first bills Christie signed since becoming governor in January.

Proponents say they will help keep the pension system solvent.

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