NJ gov: Tough times require tough choices

December 23, 2008 4:11:37 AM PST
Gov. Jon S. Corzine says he faces some tough choices as he tries to navigate New Jersey through the recession next year. Corzine says he'll be forced to consider layoffs, tax increases and other harsh fiscal measures. Corzine says saving jobs will require cooperation from unions.

The governor identified school and municipal aid, Medicaid and property tax rebates as the big-budget items that could see cuts.

Corzine says he expects to announce some additional cuts to the current budget after the new year. He's waiting to see how much economic stimulus aid the states will get from the federal government.

The governor gave his grim economic assessment during a year-end news conference yesterday.

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