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Police and Law Enforcement Home    >    Police News    >    State PBA Responds to Port Authority PBA's Endorsement of Governor Christie


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State PBA Responds to Port
Authority PBA's Endorsement
of Governor Christie
Monday, January 28, 2013  12:24 a.m.


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 gubernatorial election.

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 his statement:

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.

Port Authority 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.






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