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Camden Braces For Deep Police, Fire Cuts

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Generic Firefighter File Photo (credit: CBS 2)

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CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) – Camden was bracing for layoffs Tuesday that could cut one-fourth of the city government workers.

Exactly how many jobs are eliminated depends partly on whether public workers’ unions make last-minute concessions.

If not, about half the police department and one-third of the fire department could be cut.

In all, up to 383 jobs are on the line.

Local activists said the quality of life could suffer in a city that’s already among the nation’s poorest and most crime-ridden.

Officials, however, said they have no choice as tax revenue keeps falling and the state cuts its aid.

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