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Agreement Reached on Aid to NJ Cities

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A partisan squabble that delayed $139 million in aid to New Jersey’s most financially strapped cities appears to have ended.

Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday he would sign legislation passed by the Senate earlier in the day that appropriates the money and adds $1.5 million for oversight of the funds.

The Assembly passed the measure earlier this month.

The dispute between the governor and the Democrat-controlled Legislature centered around the oversight funds. Democrats wanted the administration to pay for oversight. Christie wanted the money allocated as part of the aid package.

Eleven cities will get money.

Camden would receive the largest share: $61 million. Other recipients include Asbury Park and Trenton.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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