TRENTON (CBS) – There are some hints that New Jersey governor Chris Christie might be backing off his plan to lay off up to 1,200 hundred state workers after the first of the year, although his staffers suggest it’s too soon to tell.

At a town meeting in Clifton the other day, Christie expressed the hope that no one would have to go. And there are signs that attrition might be enough to stave off layoffs. For their part, the state’s largest union wants to push him in that direction.

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Hetty Rosenstein heads up the Communications Workers of America New Jersey branch:

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“Far more people have left than 1,200. Probably closer to 6,000 or 7,000 people will leave over the course of the year. So there’s no need for any layoff.”

But staffers for the Governor insist the numbers are still being crunched and projections could change. Rosenstein expects layoff notices to go out next week to her members, particularly in motor vehicle offices. She’s just hoping they won’t need to be carried out.

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Reported by David Madden, KYW Newsradio