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

Posted by Occh on February 28, 2011 at 5:32 PM

"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 "Open Letter to Members of Our Law Enforcement Community," simply signed "Chris."


"I have repeated time and time again that the pension agreement we made with our member our law enforcement community must be respected," the 2009 letter adds. "It is a sacred trust."


Christie sent a similar "sacred trust" letter to firefighters through the state, adding: "The notion that I would eliminate, change, or alter your pension is not only a lie, but cannot be further from the truth.


"No one will stand up for you more than I will."


"Do not believe the lies that have been spread about my proposals,"Christie told both groups. "Your pension will be protected when I amelected Governor."


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Reply John Canavera
4:09 PM on March 7, 2011 
I am writing this letter in support of the Law Enforcement Officers and Firefighters of NJ. I am a career police officer and a veteran of the Viet Nam War. I have spent the last 29+ years serving the residents of Edison Township & the State of NJ. I agree that something needs to be done to secure the hard earned pensions that have been promised to the Police & Firefighters of our state, however, there would not be a problem were the politicians not allowed to RAID our system. If concessions need to be made then let it start with the people who caused this problem, not the ones who the pension was set up to reward for many years of service. I, as well as all my brethren have continually kept our end of the bargain by making our payments into the system, while the State, as well as the municipalities have not kept their promises. If changes need to be made then let them be made AFTER the obligations of all parties are brought current.
Reply Pat
2:12 AM on September 10, 2012 
John, this is the letter Christie sent to the PBA and FOP during his run for Gov.
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