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Chris Christie Will Cut 1,200 New Jersey Jobs

I've got to hand it to him, he's not afraid to make the tough decisions:
[New Jersey] State government is on track to shed at least 1,200 jobs in January, Gov. Chris Christie said today.

"Whether it will grow beyond that, I don't know," he said at a Statehouse press conference. "That's very much going to be dependent on what the revenue outlook looks like for the state."

The job cuts include layoffs and attrition, spokesman Michael Drewniak said.

Government departments have begun submitting plans to the Civil Service Commission on where they plan to lay off workers, spokesman Peter Lyden said.

Christie's budget proposal, unveiled in March, called for cutting 1,300 state workers, including union and nonunion employees. He said the cuts would save $8.8 million.
Undoubtedly this decision will be wildly unpopular with the citizens of New Jersey, but it's something that can (and likely will) help the state of New Jersey.

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