With the number of hospital closings mounting, Gov. Jon S. Corzine on Aug. 8- just days before Muhlenberg closed - signed a bill into law that requires the finances of all 74 of New Jersey's hospitals to be more strictly monitored by the state Department of Health and Senior Services. Hospital officials have said that Corzine - who hadn't served in state government before entering the governor's office in 2006 - was surprised to learn that hospitals routinely asked the state for emergency cash infusions to cover basic expenses like payroll.
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