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Panel: NJ State Workers Get Black Friday Off

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010, in Trenton, N.J. (Credit: AP Photo/Mel Evans)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010, in Trenton, N.J. (Credit: AP Photo/Mel Evans)

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s Public Employment Relations Commission says state workers would be ‘irreparably harmed” if they don’t get the day after Thanksgiving off.

The panel ruled against Gov. Chris Christie, who said workers would have to use a vacation day to stay home on Black Friday. They would get Lincoln’s Birthday off instead.

Former Gov. Jon Corzine struck a deal in 2009 that allowed public employee unions to trade the day after Thanksgiving for Lincoln’s Birthday.

Commission Designee Stuart Reichman found breaking the agreement would damage the negotiation process.

Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak said that the governor’s office is exploring its options.

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