NEWARK - A judge has ordered the City of Newark and the police union to continue negotiations over job cuts.

In a hearing tonight, Superior Court Judge Kenneth Levy says the two sides have until Monday to reach an agreement. The Fraternal Order of Police says 167 officers are in danger of losing their jobs.

Hours before the decision, the union offered to defer one of their July and December paychecks in 2011 and 2012, which it says would save the city nearly $9.5 million. However, the union says the city declined.

Officials argue that if layoffs don't happen now, it will negatively affect the city's bond rating.