By David Madden

Robin Rieger reports

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. (CBS) –New Jersey governor Chris Christie was in South Jersey today, touting the benefits of pension and benefit reforms passed by the legislature earlier this year.

Standing in front of a home on a quiet side street in Mt. Laurel, Christie noted that between the changes affecting hundreds of thousands of state and municipal workers and the two-percent caps on spending and tax increases, Mount Laurel has saved about $800,000.

Taken statewide, the govneror said, “that’s 337 million dollars this year in direct property tax relief. That’s more than anybody planned or expected, but it’s because we did it the right way.”

And he says he’s not done — promising to tackle changes in civil service rules and sick leave payouts.

Of course it didn’t hurt to have Republican candidates — like Mt. Laurel’s mayor, who’s running for the state Assembly next month — alongside him.

When asked why here, Christie insisted there were great local officials here.

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Reported by David Madden, KYW Newsradio 1060

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