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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.

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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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

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.”

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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