NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – New Jersey’s largest newspaper has announced it is laying off 34 employees, the first large-scale layoffs in the paper’s history.

The Star-Ledger of Newark says 18 part- and full-time employees in the paper’s newsroom of 195 workers will lose their jobs.

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In a letter posted in the paper’s offices Wednesday, Publisher Richard Vezza blamed the cuts on continuing financial pressures and the lingering effects of Superstorm Sandy.

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Vezza says the newspaper has been talking with its production unions, whose contracts expire this summer, seeking significant savings in production costs.

He says The Star-Ledger is considering the possibility of outsourcing the printing and delivery of the newspaper.

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Vezza says other papers owned by Advance Publications are also announcing layoffs.
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