Final countdown for the medical benefits and pension bill

New Jersey's teachers, cops, firefighters and other public workers are holding a last-ditch rally today to sway the state Assembly to block Gov. Christie's pension and health benefits bill, which has been shepherded through by Democratic leaders like State Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester). Several signs at the rally linked Sweeney to Christie, and at least one of those signs is NSFW.

The Assembly is expected to meet any minute now to consider the bill, and the debate is expected to stretch late into the I'd like to take this opportunity to apologize to my wife, and promise I won't wake her when I come home later.

Details about the pension part of the bill, here, from Trenton reporter Maya Rao. See below for video footage from the rally, where protestors chanted "Kill The Bill!" The crowds seemed larger than Monday's rally, but far smaller than the 25,000-plus that the unions hoped for.

In other news, Christie has conditionally vetoed a bill that would have allowed the release of an adoptee's birth cerficate. Also, check out my colleague Cynthia Burton's story in today's paper, here, about how the gov is not releasing details about who pays for his political trips.