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Half Of New Jersey Cops Laid Off

Some firefighters turned in their helmets and police officers their badges Tuesday

as part of deep municipal layoffs

destined to further erode the quality of life in Camden,

New Jersey.

already one of the nation’s most impoverished

and crime-ridden cities.

About 335 workers,

representing one-sixth of the local government work force,

lost their jobs,

according to Mayor Dana Redd.

It was worst in the public safety departments,

where nearly half the police force and close to one-third of the city’s firefighters were laid off.

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