PATERSON - Paterson City Council voted down a measure tonight to declare an official state of emergency in the city.
In a vote of 6 to 2, the city council shot down the resolution that would have brought in more aid from the state. Supporters of the resolution said that money would have gone toward hiring additional law enforcement and increasing social programs.
Gov. Chris Christie (R-New Jersey) weighed in on the state of emergency yesterday, saying that until city leadership improves, Paterson would not receive any money from the state.
The governor accused city leaders of managing the city "disgracefully," but did say that he would consider any formal declaration the city council makes.
Paterson currently receives $21 million from the state.
The city has seen more than a dozen homicides so far this year. Paterson has almost 90 fewer officers on the streets because of layoffs.
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