QUIGLEY: CHRISTIE’S LACK OF A PLAN FOR STATE POLICE PUTS NEW JERSEYANS AT RISK

(TRENTON) – Assemblywoman Joan M. Quigley (D-Hudson) released the following statement on Wednesday as the Assembly Budget Committee heard testimony from the Department of Law and Public Safety:


“Today’s testimony does little to ease concern about an impending crisis in state police manpower in our state and Gov. Christie’s lack of a plan to do much about it.

“Last year we were told the state police needs 3,100 troopers to ‘keep our noses above the water line,’ yet as of now we are under that number, with about 1,000 more expected to retire in the next several years.

“Despite this looming crisis, Gov. Christie’s budget plan lacks funding for enough new trooper classes, even though his plan would continue to collect money from every vehicle registration in the state to fund state police training classes.

“I resent any plan to keep collecting the motor vehicle fees and use them for purposes other than intended. I also fear Gov. Christie’s failure to plan ahead for the state police will put the safety of New Jerseyans at risk in an increasingly dangerous world.”


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