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By Mark Abrams

WEST DEPTFORD, N.J. (CBS) ) — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie took his budget message on the road to a town hall session in Gloucester County Thursday afternoon

Christie received a warm reception from a crowd of 500 people, some of whom were forced to stand around the edges of St. Matthew’s hall at the Pope John Paul II learning center.

The governor spoke passionately about his budget message delivered to the legislature earlier this week and the need to reform the state’s pension system as well as health benefits for state workers.

Christie says he expects a big push back by the unions to his proposals, but he says it’s the taxpayers who can let lawmakers know it’s time to look out for their interests.

“Let the members of the state legislature, democrats and republicans, understand that you expect them to be on your side because we’re not asking for anything that’s unfair. We’re still going to pay 70 percent of a public employee’s health insurance. This is not unfair.”

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Reported by Mark Abrams, KYW Newsradio

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