Christie spelled out a cost-saving plan Tuesday at Somerville Elementary School, saying layoffs and other cuts could be minimized if local teachers' unions would take another look at their contracts, and agree to forgo scheduled salary increases.
The raises are usually about four percent.
"We should put the children first, and that means we will have to sacrifice," Christie said.
Last week, Governor Christie unveiled a state budget that slashed funds for nearly every department in order to close an estimated $11 billion dollar budget gap.
Christie ordered $820 million in school aid cuts, and that's on top of $1 billion dollars in lost federal money.
School boards across New Jersey have been holding emergency meetings to rework their budgets before an April 20 deadline.