A top economic adviser to Gov. Chris Christie says New Jersey can afford tax cuts as state revenue is increasing.

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New Jersey Council of Economic Advisers chairman Robert Grady on Wednesday told a state forum on the economy that it's time for an income tax cut like the one Christie pushed for last year.

Grady says a 10 percent income-tax cut would help businesses hire more workers, keep employers from leaving the state and attract some to New Jersey.

In 2012, a proposal to cut taxes died after lawmakers said there wasn't enough revenue to afford it.