Lawmakers may revisit residency for public workers

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers may be reconsidering a 3-year-old law that requires public employees to live in the state.

A state Senate committee last week advanced a bill that would exempt school district employees in 10 counties from the measure.

State Sen. Peter Barnes says the change would help attract more qualified teaching applicants, especially in Camden and the Newark area, high-poverty districts with many low-performing schools.

But in the debate, some lawmakers asked whether it would make sense to get rid of the residency requirement for all workers.

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