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A large gathering of public employee union members and supporters protest Monday, June, 20, 2011, in Trenton, N.J., outside the Statehouse over plans by Gov. Chris Christie to reduce benefits. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The move to stabilize New Jersey’s underfunded pension and health care systems by requiring public workers to pay sharply more for the benefits while suspending bargaining over health care was fast-tracked through the Legislature Monday, after Democrats joined with Republicans to buck the powerful public employee unions.

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