TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and the Legislature are inching closer to a deal to change health and pension benefits for public workers across the state though legislation instead of collective bargaining, Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver said Wednesday.

Senate President Stephen Sweeney is already on board.

The Republican governor and the two Democrats met throughout the day Wednesday. It was their second face-to-face meeting within a week. Sweeney said more talks could occur this week.

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