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map of New Jersey A New Jersey lawmaker is trying to sell his plan for fixing one of the nation’s worst-funded pension systems. (Photo: Shutterstock)

(Bloomberg) –New Jersey’s top-ranking lawmaker is counting on turning around the state’s budget-choking pension system by tapping homeowners’ disgust with paying the highest property taxes in the nation.

“If we can click with the public and they get angry, we’ve got to channel that anger to demand solutions,” Senate President Steve Sweeney, a Democrat from West Deptford who has flirted with running for governor, said in a Thursday interview in Bloomberg’s Princeton office.

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