NEWARK (WCBS 880) – Both Newark and Camden have laid off over 160 cops within the last three months.

WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reports

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“You know, state police is helping where we can,” says New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is worried about increased crime.

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But, Christie says he met last week with mayors from Newark, Camden, and Trenton about crime problems and says, “What came out of it was that we have to come up with 21st century solutions to this law enforcement conundrum.”

The conundrum being cops laid off following failed negotiations with police unions and Christie says cities are being suffocated by police contracts.

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“What I’d suggest is that the unions need to get realistic about giving concessions in order to save jobs and protect the public safety.”