NJ Officers Disgusted with Christie

"Within six months of his first term he began a systematic purge of law enforcement officer salaries, benefits and jobs that continues to today. His policies have led to thousands of layoffs of officers in our cities and suburbs. His slashing of law enforcement pension benefits is not only a broken promise but it was a direct assault on our members despite the fact that our pension system is New Jersey’s healthiest." - Patrick Colligan, President, New Jersey State PBA, on NJ Governor Chris Christie
“Within six months of his first term, he began a systematic purge of law enforcement officer salaries, benefits and jobs that continues to today. His policies have led to thousands of layoffs of officers in our cities and suburbs. His slashing of law enforcement pension benefits is not only a broken promise but it was a direct assault on our members, despite the fact that our pension system is New Jersey’s healthiest.” – Patrick Colligan, President, New Jersey State PBA, on NJ Governor Chris Christie

By Patrick Colligan, President, New Jersey PBA

As the nation’s law enforcement community carefully monitors the progress of the Presidential Primary campaigns, I wanted to share my disgust with you on the comments made Tuesday night by Governor Christie about supporting police officers.

No other group of law enforcement officers is as well acquainted with the Governor than the New Jersey State PBA. From the time he won office to now, Chris Christie has gone out of his way to undermine, demean and damage the law enforcement profession like no Governor in State history. There is no question he is a smooth and commanding candidate. But what he says and what he does are two vastly different things.

During his 2009 race for Governor, he wrote an “open letter” to our members urging them to defy the State PBA and vote for him because he would never cut pensions for any current or future officer or retiree. This soon became the fastest broken promise in the history of politicians and within 6 months of his first term he began a systematic purge of law enforcement officer salary, benefits and jobs that continues to today. His policies have led to thousands of layoffs of officers in our cities and suburbs. His slashing of law enforcement pension benefits is not only a broken promise but it was a direct assault on our members despite the fact that our pension system is New Jersey’s healthiest.

Governor Christie not only used State resources to force the layoff of every Camden City police officer but he is currently using the same tactic to entice other cities to do the same. He cloaks his rhetoric in false stats about crime when his real goal was, then and now, to break collective bargaining agreements.

He may make grand statements about supporting our police officers but he uses our police memorial services as a photo op—last to arrive, look solemn, leave before having to actually speak to any of the officers he has dishonored with his attacks and his policies. The litany of wrongs are too numerous to mention in a single letter. But the idea that he is the candidate for President who will fight to defend law enforcement is ludicrous. It is our long experience that leads me to believe that a Christie Presidency will yield right to work laws, denial of federal aid to States with defined benefit pensions and an end to federal grant programs to support and promote the law enforcement profession.

It is true that many politicians, including some prominent Democrats, have supported and promoted individuals and groups who seek to attack the law enforcement profession. The decision as to who law enforcement officers should support for President is therefore not an easy one to make as it is. But Governor Christie is not the candidate who “has our back.” To be blunt: If Chris Christie has my back, please ask him to pull the hatchet out from it before asking me for my vote for President.

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Having said that, we should take note that a lot of Cops still voted for Christie. Bluto won by a wider margin than in his first election. Those Cops are not saying much now because they would prefer to hide and not be called out for that.

Gov Christie has disgraced the NJ police force overall and the NJEA teachers. Teachers (my daughter is a teacher) used to be honored and appreciated for their dedication. Now they are criticized by all and the respect has gone out the window. For the PBA and other branches of police throughout the state (my dad was SS-SCFC but is no longer with us) would roll over in his grave if he saw what’s happened to our State. NJ used to be a pretty good place but I feel Chris Christie has ruined it in all its glory. One example is the violence escalating and hatred towards policemen. While I have seen brutal officers during my lifetime there are so many that uphold the law and are good people. To be honest I would be petrified to enroll as an officer with all the shootings and hatred for law enforcement plus be worried for my family. Our Governor has definitely attributed to this hatred and disrespect and I dare to say the violence all over of every nature will just escalate. He does not seem like he would back anyone and not only is he an ordinary corrupt politician making false promises Christie makes promises but to everyone’s demise and robbing them of their pensions and other entitlements that have been just for years. So, for example, in my family alone, if my dad was still employed as a NJSP, my daughter is a school teacher, and prior to my retirement recently, I was a civil servant and worked in a developmental center which our Governor Christie closed a yr ago or so. Several of the clients have died (reports from caretakers) due to being sent to group homes and certainly not equipped to survive without aggressive supervision and more staff needed as they are very challenged. So right here you have three 3 people affected by our great governor (sarcasm) and what future is the for NJ? When I learned he was a candidate for the Presidency I was sick to my stomach. And what this gentleman stated about the photo ops and Christie showing up at certain times he is skilled in that area.. Just like Hurricane Sandy his so called “remorse” for the families and people helping out. I was glad to read Patrick Colligan’s article because so many of us feel like he does. As PBA President, Patrick Colligan said there are too many issues to discuss in an article such as this we do understand. Sure cops voted for Christie before they were believing in his lies most likely and thinking this is so bad he must have a motive and he will turn things around.
In closing, there are too many negatives about Christie but to me he has ruined our great state in so many ways. Not to forget the admirable professions destroyed and undermined. To undo the damage he’s done seems like a pipe dream.
Thank you President Colligan for sharing your experiences because by responding to your facts I can take a deep breath today. Our pensions and benefits are changing also and I’m afraid in the future if we can survive after being stripped of what we worked years for so we knew our families would be taken care of and we wouldn’t become homeless. I was getting very concerned when Christie began stating he was going to start laying off officers. Even that one thing is affecting our state, which has been proven by the escalation of violence throughout. Christie also fires employees after years of dedicated service just to replace them with his friends and relatives or whoever will fill his pockets quicker. Oh and let’s not forget about laying off officers in Camden. What county or city do we ALWAYS hear about on the news having one of the highest rates of violence and or crime? Camden. So that’s pretty smart get rid of most officers in a location where they are needed more.
I could go on and on but here’s my limit.
Thank you PBA President of NJ, Patrick Colligan.

I agree. I don’t understand why so many police officers voted for this man who has destroyed their pensions and their retirements.

You are quick to point out Christie and say he has ruined this state. I beg to differ high taxes, and corruption has ruined this state. lets not forget this shit hole of State is run by democrats so place the blame where it lies. You fault Christie for the crap the Democrats have done the same thing or worse with your pension not being funded. Perhaps you want Corzine back. This state is fucked and the reason is the people who vote are morons. Vote Democrat they sure have the officers backs isnt that right Pat. Democrats love police , bend over you idiots.

He’s a political hack, he will lie to you every chance he gets. I am a vet and a teacher he could careless. He caters to anyone who will give him money just like our pensions being managed by his givers.

I knew he was “trouble” when he was running for governor. Sadly, many people today seem to like his poor bedside manner, dismissing it as nothing more than “telling it like it is – he’s real”. I say that’s a bunch of “horse hockey” (as character Sherman T Potter always said on the tv show, “MASH”). Anyone who asks him a challenging question, he verbally shoots them down. I have many Republican friends who can’t stand him; so what does that say???!!! NJ use to be a nice homey, modest, and AFFORDABLE place to live. Now, so many people can’t wait to move out because they can’t afford to live here. Meanwhile, after 3 years since Hurricane (excuse me: “Super Storm”) Sandy, people are still without homes. I guess these people will have to keep waiting, as our governor is too busy campaigning for Presidency. He should at least do the moral thing by stepping down as Governor during this campaign.

Every person is only as good as their word, and our governor has consistently proven his is not any good at all. Integrity is when a person makes a statement and stands by it and he lacks integrity.

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