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Rev. Jesse Jackson stands on the steps at the War Memorial June 1 in Trenton, N.J., as he addresses union members. The protest took place across the street from the NJ Statehouse, where Gov. Chris Christie is negotiating with state workers. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A war of words has erupted in New Jersey over a proposal to require public workers to pay more for health benefits, with the largest public worker union denouncing the plan as dishonest and the Legislature’s top Democrat dismissing the unions’ position as selfish.

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