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PBA Day in Trenton Turns Heads in State House

Hundreds of members of the State PBA packed the State House and State House Annex today to witness the legislative process in action and to send a message to Trenton that PBA members are paying attention to them.

"I was very impressed with today's turnout and the impression we made on the members of the Senate and Assembly today was obvious", State PBA President Pat Colligan said. "The response from legislators from our appearance today showed we left our mark."

State PBA leadership and members attended Committee meetings and the Assembly Voting Session and met with legislators from across the State. Senate Law and Public Safety Committee Chairman Norcross opened his Committee meeting by inviting PBA President Colligan and PBA Director of Government Affairs Rob Nixon to speak to the Committee about the PBA's concerns before a standing room only crowd of PBA members. Senate Education Committee Chair Teresa Ruiz also acknowledged the large crowd of PBA members in attendance at her hearing. Throughout the day, legislators sought out PBA members for conversations and pictures.

"I hope this is the first of many successful trips to Trenton for our members and that with our large showing today that we have sent a message to Trenton that our members are active, engaged and ready to come to the capitol at a moments notice", Colligan continued.

NJ COP SHOT - ALERT $20k Reward offered in attack on Asbury Park officer

$20,000 Reward

WHEN: October 9, 2014 at 10 p.m.
WHAT: Stabbing of Asbury Park officer
WHERE: 1248 Washington Avenue, Asbury Park N.J.
The NJ Cop Shot program has posted a reward of $20,000 dollars leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect responsible for stabbing Asbury Park Lieutenant David DeSane Thursday night. The lieutenant was in full dress uniform walking down the street when he observed two suspicious men behind an abandoned house on Washington Street. Lieutenant DeSane began to question the men and believed one of the suspects had a gun. Lieutenant DeSane struggled with one of the suspects and was stabbed in the face by the second suspect. Both suspects fled leaving Lieutenant DeSane bleeding at the scene. He was taken to an area hospital and treated for his stab wounds.

New Jersey State PBA President Patrick Colligan said in posting the reward, “An attack on any officer is an attack on every officer. This reward will put pressure on these suspects to surrender before one of their family or friends give them up to get the money. We are just lucky that Lieutenant DeSane did not lose his life in this struggle.” NJ Cop Shot is a program run by the New Jersey State PBA.
Anyone with information leading to the capture and conviction of the suspect should call Asbury Park Police Detective Daniel Kowsaluk at (732) 496-1935.

State PBA President Submits Comments to the Pension & Benefits Study Commission

In an attempt to insure that the commission charged with studying the Pension and Benefits system in New Jersey has access to information that will actually help them reach a conclusion that is based on fact, the PBA has submitted, by hand delivery, the letter linked below.
We are hoping that contrary to our initial opinion that the results of the study were predetermined and will simply blame employees for having rich and unsustainable benefits, the commission will take a  look at the real facts and actually do a complete analysis of the system and its sustainability. If that is the case, they will find that the information in our comments very useful.

Hopefully, the commission will agree with the recommendations of the Murphy Commission and fully fund the pension system. That will  be an indicator of the direction that this study decided to take.

View Letter Here

NJ State PBA Statement on Governor's Pension Funding Report

NJ State PBA President Patrick Colligan response;

“Only a Commission formed by Governor Christie would choose to make its primary recommendation that the pension funding problem is because of the employees instead of the most glaring and obvious reality, as proven by prior Study Commissions and every actuary who have reviewed the system, that it is State and local pension holidays and gimmicks that created this situation. Plus, by bunching all the system liabilities as one instead of a careful analysis of each pension system they create a false panic. PFRS is funded at nearly 80%.

They can give a 30 day status update but the issues of under funding our pensions have been studied for years. The fundamental problem is the lack of funding by the multiple Governor’s including this one. Most experts agree the Governor’s lack of funding of our pensions just increases the problem. His recent veto of pension reform legislation speaks volumes more then any committee report.”

NJ COP SHOT - ALERT 20k Reward offered in shooting at Pemberton Police Officer


$20,000 REWARD

WHEN: September 24, 2014 at 3:45 p.m.

WHAT: Shooting at Pemberton Police

WHERE: Lemmon Avenue and Norcross Lane, Pemberton N.J.

The NJ Cop Shot program has posted a reward of $20,000 dollars leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect responsible for shooting at a Pemberton police officer on Wednesday afternoon. The officer was sitting in a marked patrol car parked at the intersection of Lemmon Avenue and Norcross Lane in Pemberton when the suspect shot at him. The rounds struck the patrol car but left the officer uninjured

New Jersey State PBA President Patrick Colligan said in posting the reward, “This is just the latest’s in an alarming recent trend of shooting at police in New Jersey. This suspect had the full intent to kill an officer and only missed by inches. Someone out there knows who this suspect is and we hope the reward will give them the incentive to come forward.” NJ Cop Shot is a program run by the New Jersey State PBA

Anyone with information leading to the capture and conviction of the suspect should call Pemberton Township Detective Division at (609) 894-3310 or the Police Confidential Tip Line at (609) 894-3352.

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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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