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Feb. 26 (Bloomberg) — Governor Chris Christie called for reducing New Jersey’s pension burden and said he won’t be more specific because it would hurt his bargaining position with New Jersey Democrats.

The second-term Republican said he would consider using executive actions if the Democratic-led legislature won’t agree to more changes. New spending on debt service and pensions, which accounts for 94 percent of the growth in the $34.4 billion budget unveiled yesterday, is “not productive,” Christie told a capacity crowd of 525 people at a town-hall meeting in solidly Republican Morris County.

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