Christie says entitlements will 'eat us alive' without cuts, doesn't weigh in on court ruling


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JERSEY CITY, New Jersey — Gov. Chris Christie is doubling his call for state pension and benefits reforms one day after signing a $32.5 billion budget that vetoed tax hikes and cut planned pension fund contributions.

Appearing on CNBC's "Squawk Box" Tuesday, Christie said he plans to spend the summer making the case that to fix the system or "it will eat us alive."

Christie says the current pension system remains unsustainable despite a package of reforms passed in 2011.

Christie sidestepped questions about Monday's Supreme Court ruling exempting companies with religious objections from providing contraceptives under President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

Christie says there are more important challenges facing the country.

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