New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Tuesday signed into law a $29.38 billion spending plan that includes debt restructuring to move costs into future years and skips a $3 billion contribution to the state pension plan.

The budget mirrors the spending plan the Republican Christie proposed earlier in the year. Approval comes as the Democratic-controlled Legislature Thursday begins a special session with little hope that it will pass Christie’s measure to constitutionally limit property-tax increases to 2.5%.

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