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State President Colligan Responds to Congressman Frank Pallone

State President Colligan responds to statement made by Congressmen Frank Pallone regarding the Grand Jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.

View Letter From State President Colligan to Congressman Pallone Here

View Congressman Pallone's Statement Here

Anyone wishing to contact the congressman may do so here: 

Thanksgiving Message From Marc Kovar

On behalf of President Pat Colligan, myself, and the entire State Executive Board we wish you and your families a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving Holiday. Please enjoy time with loved ones and don’t forget our Brothers and Sisters who are away from their families protecting the rest of us on this special day.


Marc Kovar,

Executive Vice President

News from State President Colligan: Mergers May NOT be the Answer

This extensive study, conducted by the respected Rutgers University Bloustein Local Government Research Center confirms the long-time position held by the State PBA that a rush to consolidation does not always yield the cost-savings often assumed by those forcing them upon us. “It’s gratifying to see an independent study confirm what the State PBA has been saying all along” President Colligan said. “Every consolidation not only needs extensive research to determine any perceived savings, every stakeholder should be involved in the process. Especially those that have dedicated their lives and careers for the community” Colligan added.

The Study: “Size May Not Be The Issue” - An Analysis of the Cost of Local Government & Municipal Size in NJ

Article in "Size Doesn’t Matter - Study of NJ Municipal Government Costs Conclude"

Article in “Mergers may not be answer to cutting local government costs, Rutgers study finds”

State PBA Endorsed Candidates Sweep - Message from Executive VP Marc Kovar

State PBA Endorsed Candidates Sweep

Last night demonstrated just how valuable the State PBA can be in an election. Every PBA endorsed candidate for Congress was victorious and many in convincing fashion. Those margins in a low turnout election show our members truly made a difference.

Throughout New Jersey, local and county races saw PBA votes lead candidates to wins for reelection and over incumbent office holders.

Our votes can make or break a candidate and this is just the start. 2015 will see an election for every member of the Assembly. And we will be ready to speak and vote with one voice to preserve our jobs, our benefits and our retirements.

President Pat Colligan’s News 12 Interview
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NJ Cops Magazine

November 2014 Back Issues
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President's Message

Patrick Colligan, NJSPBA President Patrick Colligan, President Summer of 2014

When Nat King Cole wrote that song he certainly got the last part right. Summer is traditionally a relatively quiet time at the NJ State PBA office. Unfortunately, the summer of 2014 didn't really cooperate. Tragically, we lost two of New Jersey's finest: Jersey City Police Officer Melvin Santiago was murdered in his police car on July 13 by an animal who wanted to be famous. A few short days later we lost Waldwick Police Officer Christopher Goodell during the performance of his duties while most of the residents of Waldwick slept safely and comfortably in their homes. We also had a host of very serious crashes involving police officers all across the state. I wish them all a fast and healthy recovery.

The dirt on Santiago and Goodell's graves hadn’t even settled when we were graced with the governor's “No Pain, No Gain" disgraceful tour of self-promotion. “Part 1” was on the very afternoon we buried Officer Goodell. I guess “No Pain, No Gain” is a lot catchier than “I Don’t Have a Damn Plan, I Want The System To Fail and I’ll Add This To My Long List Of Things I've Screwed Up” Tour.  The 2014 “No Pain, No Gain” tour can best be described as a cross between the old "Where's the Beef?” commercials from Wendy's and the Bill Murray movie Groundhog Day. A whole lot of nothing replayed throughout the state over and over and over and over and over again……all summer long.

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