New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie CURT HUDSON, Associated Press

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.

Christie will sign an executive order Thursday to create a taskforce to recommend ways to privatize jobs. The administration did not specify which jobs or how many could be privatized.

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Speaking on New York radio station WCBS, Christie said he's looking at privatization as a way around the "sweet deal" former Gov. Jon Corzine made with state workers union.

Earlier in the week, Christie said he was wrong to think he could alter the new contract that allowed workers to keep pay raises and take furloughs in exchange for a no-layoffs pledge.

That deal ends in January, halfway through his budget year.

 

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