New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman said yesterday that she plans to shift the state to a two-year budget cycle beginning with fiscal years 1997 and 1998.

"A two-year budget will not only enable school districts and municipalities to do better long-term planning, but will free my cabinet and the legislature to focus on long-term solutions without spending half of every year worrying about and wrangling over the next budget," Whitman said.

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