TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A lobbying group representing New Jersey mayors says Gov. Chris Christie’s budget cuts will hurt local efforts to stabilize property taxes.

The League of Municipalities says cuts totaling $240 million will adversely impact the ability of municipalities to provide much-needed property tax relief in their towns.

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New Jersey’s property taxes are the highest in the country, averaging $7,576 per household last year. So Bill Dressel, the league’s executive director, has urged the Legislature to try to reverse some cuts.

Christie slashed all but $10 million from a $149 million aid program for cities and towns facing extraordinary circumstances. He also eliminated a $50 million public safety program for municipalities experiencing crime spikes that Democrats had put into their alternate budget.

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In all, Christie cut $900 million from the Democrats’ plan.

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