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The Statehouse

Christie offers school districts a deal: More state aid for teacher salary freeze

TRENTON - First there was the stick, now there is the carrot.

Christie wants the power to block spending of all the state's authorities, boards and commissions

No one would accuse Gov. Chris Christie of acting weak when it comes to controlling the state’s independent authorities. Except, that is, Christie himself.

School budget slashing hits grown-ups, too, with $10 million in cuts to adult education

Davina Sanderlin planned for the day she would lose her job at Shieldalloy Metallurgical Corp., because she knew it would happen eventually. The aluminum-manufacturing company had closed its Newfield, Gloucester County, plant and was laying off its office employees one after another.

Health, social services cuts emerge as biggest worries at first budget hearings

Under a newly proposed budget, the state’s health and human services programs will face an uncertain prognosis, southern New Jersey’s citizen advocates told lawmakers Wednesday.

Advocates across New Jersey discuss their displeasure with Gov. Chris Christie's proposed budget cuts

Lawmakers started hearing from advocates across southern New Jersey Wednesday, about how Gov. Chris Christie's proposed budget cuts will affect their lives and their families.

Christie tells school districts to freeze teacher salaries - and asks teachers to voluntarily agree to the freezes

As a growing number of area public employees face layoffs driven by cuts in state aid, Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday called on teachers to agree to voluntary wage freezes.

N.J. Assembly panel to hold hearing on state budget

Residents and representatives from southern New Jersey health care and business communities will meet in Camden County today to tell state legislators what they think of Gov. Chris Christie’s fiscal 2011 budget proposal.

Colleges try to find a way to save NJ STARS scholarships amid budget cuts

The state’s community college presidents hope to come up with a plan to save the NJ STARS scholarship program in time for this year’s high school graduating class.

Christie's budget gets raves from conservatives initially reluctant to praise governor

In the days since unveiling his first state budget Tuesday, Gov. Chris Christie has heard some long-awaited plaudits from his conservative base.

Workers across southern New Jersey protest Governor Chris Christie's proposed budget cuts

State employees across southern New Jersey protested proposed state cuts to benefits and funding outlined earlier this week by Gov. Chris Christie.

New Jersey lawmakers wonder how to save programs as governor prepares to announce cuts

As Gov. Chris Christie prepares his first budget address for Tuesday, local legislators are considering how — or whether — they can protect their favorite programs in the face of billions of dollars in promised spending cuts.

Christie looks to privatize state jobs to bridge New Jersey budget gap

TRENTON - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is looking at ways to privatize jobs to save money as he tries to plug a projected $11 billion budget deficit for the 2011 year.

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