New Jersey mayors told to brace for cuts

    Governor Chris Christie is telling New Jersey’s mayors to prepare for cuts in state aid when he announces his new state budget plan next month.

    Governor Chris Christie is telling New Jersey’s mayors to prepare for cuts in state aid when he announces his new state budget plan next month.

    The Governor says the state does not have the money to provide the current level of municipal aid, so municipalities should brace for cuts.

    Christie says he’s now receptive to arbitration system reforms, though during his campaign he indicated he would not change the rules used to settle police and fire contracts when negotiations break down.

    Christie: I can guarantee you this: that more pension and benefit reforms, which I would consider arbitration reform to be one of, are things that when they come to my desk they will be signed.

    While mayors are waiting to hear the specifics of any arbitration reforms, they’re bracing for state aid cuts that may force them to make additional reductions in municipal services.

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