PATERSON - Paterson's City Council is set to vote on a resolution calling on Gov. Chris Christie to declare a state of emergency to deal with street crime.
Backers of tonight's vote are hoping it would free up financial aid to pay for additional police officers and social programs.
The governor said yesterday that until city leadership improves, Paterson will not receive any money from the state. Christie accused city leaders of managing the city "disgracefully." He did say, however, that he would look into any formal declaration the city council makes.
Paterson receives $21 million from the state.
With more than a dozen homicides so far this year, some city officials say additional funding is needed from the state to get more officers on the streets.Paterson has almost 90 fewer police officers on the streets because of layoffs.