NJ FOP Announcements


  • Message from NJFOP President Fox on the death of our NJ State Trooper May 30, 2015 - It is with the deepest regrets and sympathy that I report the loss of a New Jersey State Trooper Anthony Raspa. Raspa, 24, was on patrol with Trooper Gene Hong, 29, on Interstate 195 near mile marker 9 when their car hit a deer at about 12:48 a.m. Saturday. This
  • motto 2 Baltimore Police Department issues Nationwide Warning to LEOs May 5, 2015 - The Baltimore Police Department issued a nation wide warning to police departments today indicating they have developed “Credible Information” that gangs may have formed a partnership to ” take out ” Law Enforcement Officers. This type of information is not uncommon during times of civil unrest, but we remind all
  • message on keyboard enter key, for privacy policy concepts NJFOP initiated bill protecting our privacy passes the Senate 36-0 March 29, 2015 - Yesterday, Senate Bill No. 1447 passed the Senate by a 36-0 vote. The bill is now headed directly to the Assembly for a floor vote. This NJFOP-initiated bill that is co-sponsored by Senators Linda Greenstein and Dawn Adieggo prohibits persons, State and local agencies, and businesses from posting or publishing

A Note From Your State President, Robert W. Fox

Brothers and Sisters,

As we have just honored our brothers and sisters in law enforcement during National Police Week, remembering those who made the supreme sacrifice for the citizens of this great country, we have many hurdles to overcome.
We continue to be viewed by the citizens as the enemy, instead of the answer to many of the problems that exist in this country. Where would this country be without anyone enforcing the laws?

It is unfortunate that while we do our jobs, there have been citizens and police officers who have lost their lives. A loss of life is always a true tragedy. The fact is that in most jobs besides police and fire, if you make a mistake it can be corrected without major consequences. However, if a police officer or firefighter makes a mistake in a split second, it can result in someone’s death. We all took the oath to serve and protect when we took this job, and I think we do it well. I ask all my brothers and sisters in blue to be careful in doing your jobs, remembering that this country depends on you.

As for our pensions, we are continuing the fight along with the three other public safety unions regarding the issues. The latest actuarial report released by the state shows that our PFRS pension fund is 76.9% funded. We still have two lawsuits pending, which are to have the COLA reinstated and to have the state of New Jersey add its full share into the pension, not the reduced rate that the governor has recommended for the budget. The governor is now saying that the legislation he signed and agreed to in 2011, known as Chapter 78, is unconstitutional. Even his law department had no problem with it when he signed it.

Our members have continued to live by Chapter 78, in which they are working more years before retiring, paying for a portion of their health care while working and increasing their pension contributions from 8.5% to 10%. Our retired members have had their COLA suspended since 2011, and to add insult to injury, the additional 1.5% of the pension contribution paid by our members is now reducing the contributions by cities and towns into the pension system. This year the state is paying Wall Street over $450 million more to make investments than it did when Christie was first elected governor.

These are just a few reasons that we, the four public safety unions, are looking into carving us out of the state pension systems and administering it on our own. This is not something that can happen overnight, but we are working diligently to determine what is best for our members and to protect our pension system.

Finally, we have been working on a new website for you, our members. We thought it would be up and running by the beginning of February, but we have found several problems and are working on correcting them now. Hopefully, everything will be finished and available by the Board of Directors meeting in June. Thanks for your patience.

Fraternally,

Robert W. Fox

NJ FOP News

  • Police and Firefighters hold press conference to oppose residency requirement! July 2, 2015 - TRENTON – Today the New Jersey Fraternal Order of Police and the Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey IAFF, AFL-CIO-CLC held a press conference at 11 am at the NJFOP Trenton Headquarters to urge Governor Chris Christie to veto legislation permitting municipalities, county governments, and regional divisions to establish residency
  • Governor Christie must live up to his word! June 9, 2015 - Today NJFOP President Bob Fox stood with Senate President Steve Sweeney and scores of other union members to speak out against the Supreme Court’s 5-2 decision on the pension lawsuit brought against Governor Chris Christie. President Fox has issued a statement expressing his deep disappointment and disenchantment about that decision
  • RUPD NJFOP-Initiated Bill for Higher Ed. Police Becomes Law! May 14, 2015 - (TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gordon Johnson and Charles Mainor requiring college and university police departments to adopt the Attorney General Guidelines on internal affairs policies and procedures was signed into law on Thursday. “Having uniformity across the board can help avoid potential confusion and mistakes,” said Johnson
  • Image Attribution: John O'Connell/Flickr Bridgegate May 5, 2015 - Today is an important day to the State of New Jersey as we saw David Wildstein pleaded guilty in the Bridge gate scandal in Federal Court. Just after his plea, the US Attorney Paul Fishman announced 9 Federal Charges against Bill Baroni,(former Deputy Exec Director of the Port Authority of
  • BlueAlert National Blue Alert System April 12, 2015 - U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), Co-chair of the Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus, was joined today by local law enforcement officials from across northern New Jersey at the Police Officer John Samra Memorial in Clifton to urge passage of legislation he introduced to create a nationwide alert system to assist

Legislative Corner

  • FOP Legislative Update for July, 2015 July 9, 2015 - FOP LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FOR JULY 2015
  • New Jersey Pension Update July 9, 2015 - NEW JERSEY PENSION UPDATE (Prepared by Peter Guzzo, NJ State FOP Lobbyist) On June 9th., the New Jersey State Supreme Court ruled in a 5-2 decision that although the Governor signed a law in 2011 (known as Chapter 78) to make the public employee’s pension system whole in seven years,
  • FOP LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FOR JUNE 2015 June 12, 2015 - FOP LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FOR JUNE 2015 (Prepared by Peter Guzzo , NJ State FOP Lobbyist) The following are key pieces of legislation either pending in the New Jersey Legislature or recently enacted into law:: 1. A-3493/S-2564 (Prime Sponsors: Assemblyman Gordon Johnson-Dem/Senator Linda Greenstein-Dem): This bill requires police departments of institutions
  • NJFOP_Legislative_QL 2014 – 2015 NJFOP LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES May 18, 2015 - During each yearly NJ State legislative session, the NJ FOP develops a document that lists all current bills currently on the floor of the state legislature that directly affects NJ Law Enforcement Officers. The legislative priorities explains each bill in terms that speak directly to the breadth of each bill
  • leg FOP LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FOR MARCH, 2015 March 29, 2015 - Brothers and Sisters: Below are critical pieces of legislation moving through the New Jersey Legislature. At the of the writing of this report (March 24, 2015), the New Jersey State Legislature is in the midst of the 2014 – 2015 Legislative Session. The current session ends in January 2016. Compared

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SPECIAL NOTICE; i AM HAPPY TO REPORT THAT THE NEW JERSEY SUPREME COURT HAS VOTED TO HEAR THE CASE INVOLVING OUR 'COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT' (COLA) OF OUR PENSION SYSTEM. THE CASE WILL BE HEARD IN THE FALL OF 2015.