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Posted by Occh on March 25, 2011 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (4)

Rather than doing the job he was elected to do, reduce the size ofstate government, Chris Christie has instead spent his timeinvestigating regional agencies that he said are heavens for politicians to hand out patronage jobs to family and associates. Two of these regional agencies are the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission and the Passaic Valley Water Commission.  Now it is true that both ofthese entities were used by the appointed commissioners to give high paying jobs to their cronies ...

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Dedicated to our public servants: You are all heroes

Posted by Occh on March 14, 2011 at 12:57 PM Comments comments (0)

AN OPEN LETTER: To the officers who responded while Robert Ellis blasted away with his rifle the other night: You are all heroes. Not only to neighbors and Ellis's parents, whom he put in grave danger. You are also heroes to family members terrorized by this heroin addict who, just a short time ago, confided that he intended to “go out in a blaze of glory.”


That’s right: Someone who knew Ellis (photo, below) told me he'd planned this all along. He just...

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New Jersey police, firefighters to rally in Trenton March 3

Posted by Occh on February 28, 2011 at 5:37 PM Comments comments (0)

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Police and firefighters from throughout New Jersey plan to descend onTrenton on March 3 in a “Stand Up for Safety” rally aimed at countering Gov. Christie’s plan to roll back public employee benefits. “We have had enough and want to send a message,” State PBA member Jim Ryan told CLIFFVIEW PILOT.

“Our hope is that politicians will think twice after they see our numbers,” said Ryan, of South Brunswick.

Christie cont...

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Christie campaign letter promised 'no harm' to police, firefighter pensions

Posted by Occh on February 28, 2011 at 5:32 PM Comments comments (5)

"The claim that any harm would come to your pension when I'm elected Governor is absolutely untrue. It is a100% lie," Chris Christie wrote to New Jersey law enforcement officers during his campaign against Jon Corzine. The 2009 letter, and a near-carbon copy sent to firefighters, has resurfaced amid Christie's bid to overhaul public servants' pension system.

"Nothing will change for the pensions of current officers, future officers or retirees in a Christie Administration," says the "Op...

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New Jersey public servants may have law on their side in pension battle

Posted by Occh on February 28, 2011 at 5:23 PM Comments comments (0)

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST:  The latest bombshells in the battle between Gov. Christie and NewJersey public servants -- just days from a huge rally in Trenton --come in the form of advisory letters that say state lawmakers can'tchange a public employee's pension once he or she has put in five yearson the job.

In an August 2006 letter to the state treasurer, then-Attorney General Zulima Farber wrote that the state Legislature in 1997 "set the benchmark" at five years of service for pol...

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Somerset County task force examines ways to merge county's 19 police departments

Posted by Occh on December 12, 2010 at 7:59 PM Comments comments (0)

SOMERSET COUNTY — Somerset County unveiled an ambitious proposal last week that would combine the county’s 19 police forces into one countywide department by summer 2013.

Now, a group of municipal, county and law enforcement officials will spend the next six months figuring out how that idea can work.  “It’s a worthwhile concept, and we need to take a look at it,” said North Plainfield Police Chief William Parenti, who also is president of the Somerset...

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Historic Bill Signed, easing the strain of laid off NJ Police Officers

Posted by Occh on December 12, 2010 at 7:52 PM Comments comments (0)

TRENTON — With more than 200 young police officers already laid off statewide and hundreds more facing a similar fate, Gov. Chris Christie has signed a bill that could make their road to re-employment a little smoother.

Under the bill, which Christie signed into law on Thursday, officers laid off for "reasons of economy" during their first year of police work will no longer have to re-take the civil service exam or repeat the police academy. The law also gives laid-off...

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Binding Arbitration Changes

Posted by PBA 334 on December 10, 2010 at 5:13 PM Comments comments (0)




Senate and Assembly Committee pass binding arbitration changes

The Senate and Assembly today released from Committee legislation to temporarily amend the binding arbitration law after Governor Christie, Speaker Oliver and Senate President Sweeney came to an agreement today.

Under the provisions released today in S-5 and A-3393 arbitration awards will be limited to an average of 2% per year f...

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