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CAMDEN, NJ -- Mayor Dana Redd yesterday revealed a plan to rehire 50 of the 167 cops laid off in January -- in a city where crime has since spiked.
The state government is providing $2.5 million to bring back the cops and 15 of 68 laid-off firefighters through June 30, the mayor said, adding that she expects to adopt a city budget, effective July 1, that will make the rehires permanent.
"It's time for all of us to assert leadership and work together on a new approach to combine and maximize public-safety resources, eliminate redundancies and inefficiencies, and provide a long-term solution," Christie said in a statement.