TRENTON - (AP) - New Jersey's Public Employment RelationsCommission says state workers would be "irreparably harmed" ifthey don't get the day after Thanksgiving off.

The panel ruled against Gov. Chris Christie, who said workerswould have to use a vacation day to stay home on Black Friday. Theywould get Lincoln's Birthday off instead.

Former Gov. Jon Corzine struck a deal in 2009 that allowedpublic employee unions to trade the day after Thanksgiving forLincoln's Birthday.

Commission Designee Stuart Reichman found breaking the agreementwould damage the negotiation process.

Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak told the Statehouse Bureauof The Star-Ledger of Newark and The Record that the governor'soffice is exploring its options.