Voters to decide on school budgets today

Voters will decide on school budgets across the Garden State today.

This year's election could see a spike in turnout amid a war of words between the governor and the NJEA over budget cuts and state pensions.

Under Christie's proposed state budget, schools would get less money from the state and federal governments. Most districts are planning layoffs and tax increases.

Christie says layoffs can be avoided if teachers agree to a one-year pay freeze and start contributing to their health insurance premiums.

The governor is urging voters to reject budgets where teachers have not made those concessions.

AP wires contributed to this report.

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