Six mail centers in New Jersey are slated to close as the U.S. Postal Service looks to cut costs and avert seeking bankruptcy protection. The facilities are located in Edison, Pleasantville, Eatontown, Kearny, Teterboro and Bellmawr.

The Postal Service on Monday is set to announce an estimated $3 billion in reductions that would close roughly 250 of the nearly 500 mail processing centers across the country as early as next March.

The consolidations would typically lengthen the distance mail travels from post office to processing center. Senders could no longer expect next-day delivery in surrounding communities.

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