Judge to rule on Newark police layoff lawsuit

The dispute over pending layoffs of police and firefighters in Newark is coming down to the wire.A judge is scheduled to rule this afternoon on

NEWARK - The dispute over pending layoffs of police and firefighters in Newark is coming down to the wire.

A judge is scheduled to rule this afternoon on whether to halt the layoffs temporarily to allow city and unions to continue negotiations.

Mayor Cory Booker set today as the day more than 150 police officers and 24 firefighters are to be laid off. He has blamed the layoffs on an $11 million gap in the city's budget.

A lawsuit filed last month seeks to stop the layoffs on the grounds that the city hasn't engaged in meaningful discussions to find alternatives.

A judge dismissed the lawsuit this week, but an appeals court sent it back for a rehearing.

The suit claims gang members are celebrating the pending layoffs by wearing T-shirts printed with today's date.

AP wire services contributed to this report.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Route 17 in Paramus reopens following tractor-trailer accident 1 Tractor-trailer accident causes problems on Route 17 in Paramus
Fire at apartment complex leaves one man dead 2 Fire at apartment complex leaves one man dead
Two apartment buildings on West St. George Avenue 3 Residents allowed back home after suspicious device found in Linden
A 36-year-old woman was beaten and raped in 4 Woman beaten, raped at gunpoint in Highland Park
Two apartment buildings on West St. George Avenue 5 Residents allowed back home after suspicious device found in Linden

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE