TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey voters easily approved a ballot question forcing judges and state Supreme Court justices to pay more for retirement and health benefits.

By voting yes on the public question, voters OK'd a constitutional change that allows a 2011 law requiring higher benefits contributions from public workers to apply to those on the bench. Republican Gov. Chris Christie and Democrats who lead the Legislature all supported the change.

A Hudson County judge who sued to stop the law argued successfully that higher pension and medical contributions amount to an illegal salary cut. The constitution prohibits judges' salaries from being reduced while they are serving.

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