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An unidentified man watches a rally of thousands who are there to protest a Senate Budget Committee hearing on employee benefits at the State House Annex in Trenton, N.J.,Thursday, June 16. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey legislation requiring a half-million public workers to shoulder a larger portion of their pension and health benefits costs and restricting collective bargaining over health care picked up steam this week, despite howls of protest from organized labor and backroom infighting that splintered the state’s Democratic Party.

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