TRENTON - New Jersey is full of historic towns and villages, and many residents in those small towns treasure their identities and what sets them apart from one another. Hundreds of mayors met today at the State House in Trenton to figure out ways to save money, something that might sacrifice part of the small towns' individuality.

One way for towns to save money without state help is to share services like police protection.

Along with shared services, there is also talk about taking things a step further in Princeton, where they're talking about merging Princeton Borough and Princeton Township. However, some people think the idea of home rule might make that tough to get through.

There are more than 500 individual municipalities in New Jersey.