TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine plans to be among the state employees who must return to work the day after Thanksgiving for the first time in more than 40 years.

New Jersey governors have granted the day after Thanksgiving off through a proclamation going back at least until 1962, but Corzine refused.

"Like scores of other New Jerseyans, Gov. Corzine will be spending the Thanksgiving holiday with family," Corzine spokeswoman Lilo Stainton said. "And, like the vast majority of state workers, he will also be back in the office bright and early Friday morning."