TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie is being joined by New Jersey mayors as he urges the Assembly to re-adopt caps on raises for police and firefighters that arbitrators can award.

Christie plans to press his case during an event on Monday.

The 2 percent cap recently expired.

The Democrat-led Legislature sent Christie a bill last month allowing 3 percent raises in towns that had saved money through layoffs or by passing more pension costs onto emergency workers. It also would have exempted bargaining units that negotiated raises of less than 2 percent in the last contract.

The governor struck both provisions in a conditional veto.

The Senate quickly accepted Christie's changes. The Assembly has not voted.

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto says he wants a compromise that serves taxpayers and first responders.

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