NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A judge has denied the city’s attempt to cut short a 10-day delay in the planned layoffs of more than 150 Newark police officers.

State Superior Court Judge Kenneth Levy’s ruling means the deadline for the two sides remains Monday.

The city planned to lay off 167 officers last Friday before Levy granted unions a 10-day extension.

About 400 white-collar jobs in the city also are at stake. Unions for firefighters and police superior officers already have reached agreements to avoid layoffs.

Mayor Cory Booker has said the layoffs were made necessary by an $11 million gap in the city’s budget.

Booker’s spokeswoman said Thursday that the city would continue to negotiate but would consider appealing Levy’s ruling.

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