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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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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.”

WOODBRIDGE- New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Colligan today released the following statement endorsing County Sheriff Joseph Cryan’s campaign to represent the 20th Legislative District in the State Senate. Cryan announced his candidacy after Senator Raymond Lesniak stated that he will be running for Governor and following declarations of support from Chairman Jerry Green, Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage and 20th District Assembly members Annette Quijano and Jamel Holley.

“Whether as Undersheriff, an Assemblyman or as Sheriff, Joe Cryan has always been a friend to law enforcement,” said PBA President Pat Colligan.  “Sheriff Cryan understands the difficulties and dangers our members are confronted with each day and he has always been willing to work with us towards the common goals of keeping our streets safe and our neighborhoods protected.  I consider Joe a friend and intend to do everything possible to help get him elected and back down in Trenton in the State Senate fighting for the working men and women of the PBA.”

A Republican congressman took matters into his own hands Friday and personally removed a painting depicting police officers as pigs that a colleague had allowed to be displayed at the U.S. Capitol complex.

“I was angry,” Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., told FoxNews.com. “I’ve seen the press [reporting] on this for about a week or so. … I’m in the Marine Corps. If you want it done, just call us.”

Hunter said he walked over to the artwork Friday morning with a few colleagues and unscrewed it. He then delivered it to the office of Rep. Lacy Clay, D-Mo., the congressman whose office had allowed the piece to be displayed. The painting, hanging since June, was done by a high school student who had won Clay’s annual Congressional Art competition.

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Letter from NJSPBA President Patrick Collegian to Rep. Duncan Hunter

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