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Important NJSPBA Member Message from Executive Vice President Marc Kovar

It was a hectic day for over 300 NJSPBA members who crowded the NJ Assembly hallways in support of legislation that allows the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System to be managed by a board comprised of law enforcement, firefighters and government officials.  I want to publicly thank all our members who made it to Trenton to gather support for this effort on less than 24-hour notice.  Our membership always comes through when it matters—Thank you.

After years of underperforming investment gains and increasing hedge fund consultant fees, if the governor approves this legislation, this legislation will provide an opportunity for us, along with our brothers and sisters from the FMBA and the FOP, to protect our retirement funds.

I want to also thank the majority of Assembly members and State Senators who supported us in this effort.  I encourage all of you to know your legislators and find out if they supported the NJSPBA today.  Please contact me if you want information on the actual vote.

Message from President Colligan: PFRS Restructuring Bill will lead to growth and lower costs for all

The recent hysteria from local government officials about PBA endorsed legislation to restructure the management of the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System is a massive stretch of the facts that ignores the reality of the clear language of the bill, the success of the labor-management pension funds around the nation and the League of Municipalities role in crafting much of the bill as it appears today.

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Call Your Assembly Members Today - Support Legislation S-3040/A-99

Help us fight for the future health of PFRS – Support S-3040/A-99!

Call your Assembly members TODAY!

The Assembly will meet on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 to consider Senate Bill 3040/Assembly Bill 99.  We proposed the legislation to protect the PFRS from political interference and the State’s mismanagement that over the last 20 years has reduced the value of PFRS from over 100% funded to just over 70% funded today.  The bill establishes a new PFRS Board of Trustees who will hire professionals and staff to manage the PFRS, to make its investments and to establish policies to enforce government pension payments to achieve full funding for the pension fund.  The time has come to put an end to shell games and political moves that has underfunded our pension system.  You deserve to have a pension fund that is managed by professionals whose only job will be to fund PFRS and to preserve your benefits.  Our bill will do that and we need your support today to get it done.

Please call your Assembly members today:

  • Tell them you are a voter in their District
  • Tell them you are a member of the State PBA
  • Ask them to vote “YES” on S-3040/A-99

One short phone call multiplied by our 33,000 members and your family can make a difference.  The choice before us is clear.  Do nothing and let the State continue to mismanage PFRS and lose money investing for you or pass this bill and bring stability and fiscal strength to PFRS.

The choice belongs to the Assembly now.  Let them know you care about the future of PFRS and this bill.

Thanks,

Pat Colligan
State President

NJ State PBA President Colligan on Christie Pension Funding Proposal

EDISON – New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Colligan today released the following statement on Governor Christie’s proposal in his Budget Address to dedicate lottery funds to help fund the state’s pension obligation:

“Governor Christie’s proposal today is a good first step for our members.  We recognize that the Budget Address is a launching point for negotiation between the Governor and the Legislature, but we believe the dedication of lottery funds to help meet the State’s pension funding obligation is a start.  We look forward to the state fulfilling its long-standing obligation to fund the PFRS and providing our 33,000 members the pensions they have earned.”

NJ State PBA Applauds Rep. Gottheimer’s (NJ-5) Recognition Of Linden Police Officer Angel Padilla

Officer Padilla was shot during the struggle to capture a terrorist responsible for the Chelsea Bombings in September 2016

WOODBRIDGE, NJ – New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association (NJSPBA) President Patrick Colligan expressed appreciation for Rep. Josh Gottheimer’s recognition of Linden Police Office Angel Padilla and his support for law enforcement officers that risk their own lives to protect our communities.

Rep. Gottheimer’s first guest as a new representative to the Joint Session of Congress is Officer Angel Padilla, a representative of the New Jersey law enforcement community.

“Congressman Gottheimer has shown an appreciation for the men and women serving as law enforcement officers since the beginning of his campaign for congress.  He had the support of 33,000+ membership during his congressional campaign, and I am encouraged to see him follow-up by publicly demonstrating his support and appreciation for all of us serving in law enforcement,” said NJSPBA President Patrick Colligan.

Following the Chelsea Bombings in September, Officer Padilla was the first law enforcement officer to discover terrorist Ahmad Khan Rahami in Linden, NJ.  During the ensuing firefight, Rahami shot Officer Padilla in the abdomen.

Congressman Gottheimer said, “Officer Padilla reminds us that our law enforcement officers not only protect our communities from criminals and local dangers, but they are on the front lines in our fight against terrorism. Our war on terror is a war fought on multiple fronts, and in Congress, I am committed to supporting our first responders and doing whatever I can to stomp out terror and those who would do harm to the United States. It’s difficult to detect and stop homegrown and lone wolf terrorists who were radicalized in their own apartment here in New Jersey; that’s why the sort of community policing practiced by Officer Padilla and others is critical.”

Officer Padilla said, “I thank Congressman Gottheimer for his support for law enforcement and for his invitation to the Joint Session of Congress. It will be an honor to attend and represent the New Jersey law enforcement community.”

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Patrick Colligan, NJSPBA President Patrick Colligan, President Keynote Address

On Jan. 17, NJ State PBA President Pat Colligan gave the keynote address at the graduation of the Cape May County Police Academy 41st Basic Course for Police Officers. Here are some excerpts from that address:

The NJ State PBA publishes New Jersey Cops Magazine and the director was kind enough to allow NJ Cops complete access from the very first day that these recruits arrived in August until their graduation today. It was an honor and a privilege to follow these recruits. The police academy provides extraordinary training for these recruits, and they are well prepared for policing in 2017 and beyond. The training will prepare them for just about anything that they will encounter.

What I would like to tell you first, in the audience, is what the Academy has done for you. I don’t think the officers are going to want us to talk about it, but you deserve it after watching them all leave every Sunday or Monday morning. This academy has taught them how to iron. They can make their beds. They learned how to use a washing machine. Unfortunately, it’s only khakis and whites, but I assume you can let them know how to use colors when you get home. Most importantly, they can shower, shave and do all of their other business and get out of the bathroom in 30 seconds. That’s what the academy has done for you.
Things have changed slightly since I graduated from a similar academy in 1992. Most of these recruits hadn’t been born yet. Yahoo was something you said when you were excited. Gas was $1.05 and you paid the toll on the Parkway with something called a token. So we can agree that times have changed since 1992. The technology has certainly changed, and much of the police training has changed. But the core principles of policing have not.

The members of the very first municipal police department from Boston reported for duty in 1838, as these officers are responding in 2017. What has not changed, and will never change, are the core values of law enforcement: professionalism, compassion, respect, integrity and dedication. Whether you respond on horseback or in a car, whether you respond with a lantern or a flashlight, the call was answered the same way in 1838 as it was in 1992, and will be tomorrow for some of you.

You will respond with professionalism, compassion, respect, integrity and dedication. Bring those values to every call. Treat every victim and even every suspect like you would want your family to be treated. And you will enjoy a very long, healthy and rewarding career. The technology may be vastly different 25 or 30 years from now. The training will change. But those core values will remain exactly the same – I guarantee it.

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