Members of the New Jersey Bankers Association have signed off on the trade group's agreement to merge with the New Jersey League of Community Bankers, paving the way for the deal to close by Jan. 1.

After years of on-again, off-again negotiations, the trade groups announced in September that their respective boards had agreed to combine the organizations under the New Jersey Bankers Association banner. Members of the New Jersey League, which primarily represents thrifts, approved the deal last month.

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