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NAPO Denounces NFL Halftime Show

Re: NFL’s support of cop-killing “entertainment”

Dear Commissioner Goodell,

On behalf of the more than 240,000 law enforcement officers represented by our Association, including officers in a sizable majority of the cities represented by the League’s teams, I write to you to condemn in the strongest possible terms your support of cop-killer “entertainment”. Last night’s half-time performance by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter hit an all-time low, even for a League that already
turned a blind eye to its players perpetuating the “hands up, don’t shoot” blood libel on American police.

Last night, your League made the jump from slandering police as killers, to celebrating cop-killers themselves. Your Black Panther themed half-time show was an obnoxious spectacle of ignorance and malice. You’ve done your part to make trendy and acceptable the symbols of kidnapping and murder of American police officers. The black berets and high-fisted salutes were a deliberate tribute to the likes of cop-killers H. Rap Brown, Joanne Chesimard and Wesley Cook.

Ms. Knowles-Carter, whose resume includes such all-American items as private performance for the late Libyan dictator Muammar el-Qaddafi’s family, can’t pretend that her act wasn’t deliberately designed to glamorize attacks on police. But what about the NFL? On the same night that hundreds of officers gave up their evenings with their own families to protect you and your players and fans, you honor them by promoting song and dance celebrating cop-killers. Any player who displayed such
lunacy and lack of touch with reality would be prohibited from returning to the field under your League’s own brain injury policy. You should do the same and either publicly apologize to America’s men and women in law enforcement, or step aside in favor of someone who can recognize just how much your League and teams owe to the rule of law in this country.

Sincerely,
Michael McHale
President

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Pat Colligan NJ Capitol Report Feb 5th, 2016
State PBA Offices Close Today @ 3PM - Jan. 25

Due to inclement weather and storm cleanup the office will be closed at 3 PM today, January 25, 2016 and will reopen tomorrow morning during regular business hours.

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2016 Law Enforcement Collective Bargaining Seminar

Following the State PBA Meeting on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at Caesar's Casino in Atlantic City, the NJSPBA presents the 2016 Law Enforcement Collective Bargaining Seminar from Wednesday February 3rd, through Friday, February 5th.

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Patrick Colligan, NJSPBA President Patrick Colligan, President How we can interpret the pension double-speak for the public

When we are talking about pension reform in New Jersey it is easy to get lost in political double-speak. Much of the media coverage, including a recent Star Ledger editorial and every stump speech delivered by Gov. Christie, suggests that without more employee concessions there will soon be no more pensions to save. But when you break down the pension system into its unique and independent pieces, a brighter picture becomes clear.

In order to see this picture, the public needs to know the whole story. The facts are this: the pension system for law enforcement officers and firefighters is healthy, structurally sound and, at the local level, being 100-percent funded by employers and employees alike. This is an important distinction because the facts don't fit so neatly into the governor's narrative of impending pension doom and massive tax hikes designed to scare the public and bamboozle the N.J. Legislature.

In many ways, the Police and Firemen's Retirement System (PFRS) doesn't even belong in the larger discussion. In fact, the governor's own highly regarded Pension and Benefit Commission admitted that it never looked at PFRS when they doing its research. When looking at the PFRS system aside from the other pension funds, every number and actuary report shows a healthy system that needs continued payments and smart investments to grow. If we want to have an honest discussion, then let's truly lay all the cards on the table.

The state needs to stop playing games with the retirements of hardworking law enforcement officers and firefighters. For example, the sleight-of-hand trick the governor has been playing with PFRS employee contributions. The pension reform law of 2011 increased PFRS employee contributions from 8.5 percent to 10 percent, an increase most law enforcement officers were happy to pay to enhance their pension fund. But rather than keep this additional money in the system, where those hundreds of millions of dollars would have been
invested to date to further reduce pension costs, Gov. Christie chose to use our additional contributions to offset other spending in the state budget. He called it “property tax relief.”In law enforcement, when one person takes money promised by law for one reason and
uses it for something completely different, we call it fraud.

One of the most frequent responses to whether more pension reform is needed is that employee benefits are “unsustainable.” The message of sustainability for PFRS benefits is the product of years and years of misleading information by the governor and others who continue to play games with employee and employer contributions to the pension system, including giving supporters millions of dollars in advisory fees from pension monies.

That is not to say that the health of the pension system for teachers and other state employees doesn't face significant financial challenges without the actuarially required state pension payments. But those employees have zero control over whether the governor will do what he promised in 2011, and what we all know he won't do now that he is running for President. To suggest that any union should offer additional concessions for what they already gave up fits Albert Einstein's definition of insanity – doing the same thing over and
over again and expecting different results.

The NJ State PBA will continue to look for innovative ways to preserve and strengthen our pension fund for the future. We've been engaged in meaningful analysis with successful national public employee pension fund managers and state and local government leaders
looking for ways to keep PFRS secure. It's unfortunate that the governor has failed to step out of campaign mode and work honestly on these issues. “Telling it like it is” sounds more like “Telling it the way I wish it was” for those of us who have been dealing with him since 2010. I only hope that the press, and our legislators, will do a better job telling the state that the pension fund for law enforcement and firefighters is doing well and, with leadership in Trenton, will continue to grow.