State PBA Responds to Port
Authority PBA's Endorsement
of Governor Christie
Monday, January 28, 2013
Last Tuesday, the Port Authority Police
Benevolent Association, which represents 1,300 officers from the Port
Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department, announced that
they would be endorsing Governor Chris Christie in the upcoming
This announcement came as a surprise to
many as Mr. Christie played a large role in increasing both pension and
health care contributions for New Jersey law enforcement officers.
And, he is in support of pending legislation which would reduce or
eliminate payouts for accrued sick time.
Mr. Christie has also been a vocal
proponent of the creation of the Camden County Metro Division and
resulting elimination of the Camden City Police Department.
The president of the New Jersey State PBA,
Anthony Wieners, released a statement on the
PBA website clarifying that
the state office had nothing to do with the endorsement.
Below is the text of
We have learned
that the Port Authority of NY/NJ PBA will be endorsing Governor
Christie for re-election at 10am tomorrow in Newark. I wanted to
make sure you were aware that this endorsement is being made without
the input of the State PBA and is permissible under a 13 year old
agreement between the PAPBA and the State PBA.
The State PBA has
made no decisions on endorsements in the November 2013 election.
While the PAPBA
may have the authority to make such an endorsement, we are
disappointed that they would rush so quickly into this decision
without first considering how this decision will impact the 32,000
members of the State PBA.
cops have been lucky enough to work for an independent authority
outside of PFRS and make zero pension or health benefit
contributions unlike their brothers and sisters in New Jersey who
now pay 10% toward their pensions, up to 35% of the cost of their
health benefits all the while working without proper staffing and
within highly restricted local government budgets.