NEWARK - An emergency appeals court ruling has kept a lawsuit brought by Newark police and firefighter unions alive. The unions are looking to avoid layoffs planned for Friday. Newark Mayor Cory Booker says the cuts are necessary due the city's $83 million budget gap.

In a statement, the president of the Newark Fraternal Order of Police said, "We hope to get a stay and hash this thing out with the city one way or the other." He also adds, "It may be too late because some officers have already turned in their weapons and badges."

A state Superior Court judge will now hear the case on Friday.