TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Labor leaders rallying for collective bargaining rights for public employees in New Jersey are comparing Gov. Chris Christie to Adolph Hitler.

They say it would take World War III to get rid of him.

The workers are protesting a deal reached by Christie and Democratic legislative leaders that uses legislation to require state workers to pay more for health insurance and pensions.

Traffic into Trenton was backed up for miles during the morning rush as thousands of members of the state teachers union, police and firefighters, CWA and AFL-CIO made their way to the Statehouse.

A 10-foot inflatable rat has a sign that reads: “Pension Betrayal.” Workers also brought along a coffin with a sign that says “The death of collective bargaining.”

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