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Funeral Arrangements for Brother Bill Brennan

2pm to 9pm at Quinn Hopping Funeral
145 East Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Livingston

Funeral Service- SATURDAY NOVEMBER 28th
10am at St. Philomenia' Church
386 S. Livingston Avenue, Livingston

Burial will be in Florida

Repast at the Crystal Plaza
307 W. Northfield Avenue, Livingston


First Responders to Rally for Renewal of the Zadroga Act

First Responders to Rally for Renewal of the Zadroga Act

NJ State FMBA to Host Rally With First Responders, Elected Officials to Call on Congress to Renew the Zadroga Act

The New Jersey State FMBA will host a rally with first responders and key elected officials at the Elizabeth Fire Headquarters to call on Congress to pass the renewal of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. The Zadroga Act provides 9/11 first responders with critically needed health screenings and financial aid to help them and their families cope with the ongoing and serious health issues that have arisen because of exposure during rescue efforts.

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President Colligan's Letter to Law Enforcement in Response to Gov. Christie

A warning letter to law enforcement throughout the country (via NAPO and American Police Beat Magazine) from President Colligan in response to Governor Christie's new found love of law enforcement. Actions speak louder than words and we have certainly felt the effects of his actions since 2010.

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Thank You!

To PBA Members, families and friends,

We would like to take a moment to thank everyone for all you did this election season.  The time you took out of your busy lives in support of our endorsed candidates with your votes, your calls and all of the time you volunteered made a huge difference this year.  From Cape May to Bergen County, the NJSPBA's presence was felt in Election Day wins powered by our membership, and that will have an impact on all of our lives moving forward. 

On Tuesday, we showed what a difference our membership can make in any given election, and we did it throughout the entire state!  We showed that we don't care about partisan politics, we care about the long-term needs of our members.  That is our first, last and only priority and we will continue to show our support towards that end for whomever will be looking out for the men and women of the NJSPBA. 

The work we put in on Election Day will pay dividends.  The people making policy decisions that impact our lives have no choice but to recognize that we are a 32,000 strong force to be reckoned with.  It also reinforces the fact that when we stand together our unified voice has power that creates results.

Thank you for all of your hard work around this year's elections, and thank you for all you do each and every day.


Pat Colligan and Mark Kovar

2015 Election Analysis - Rob Nixon

Looking at the 2015 General Election, most pundits expected a dull race, ignored by voters, with just a few pockets of action in isolated spots around the State. However, when the votes were counted the election this year proved that there is no such thing as dull elections in New Jersey.

With the Assembly at the top of the ticket for the first time since 1999 and turnout predicted to be low, voters shocked the political establishment across New Jersey by knocking off at least 3 incumbent legislators and sending one District into a potential recount. This not only increased the Democrats majority in the General Assembly to 51 but it appears to have weakened the Republican opposition going into Governor Christie’s final two years in office.

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President's Message

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.


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