NJ Assembly, Senate panels advance jobs bills

TRENTON - State Assembly and Senate committees have advanced a package of bills designed to spark employment in New Jersey.

The centerpiece in the Assembly's multi-bill package allows jobless residents to receive training from a potential new employer without jeopardizing their unemployment benefits. It's modeled after a Georgia program that lets unemployed people receive six weeks of jobs training.

The Senate budget committee advanced a bill that makes the corporate business tax code more competitive with other states by taxing businesses based only on sales.

The Legislature shifted its focus to jobs bills after being pummeled for a month by Gov. Chris Christie for failing to approve bills he wants to spur property tax relief.

Democratic leaders say they hope to have the bills to the governor by early January.

AP wire services contributed to this report.

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