Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Christie Gets Statewide Law Enforcement Support

Expanding the support he has earned from leaders and leading organizations representing law enforcement professionals in New Jersey, Governor Christie today introduced the Career Public Safety Officials for Christie coalition and unveiled its statewide leadership team. Representing the Governor’s support in and among law enforcement communities across New Jersey, Career Public Safety Officials for Christie will be led by a statewide leadership team of law enforcement leaders and include supporters from all 21 counties.

“Today I am honored to have the support of the law enforcement men and women from across our state who, each day, serve their communities with courage, distinction, and a tireless dedication to protecting our families, friends, and neighbors. Their sacrifice demonstrates true heroism and I thank every law enforcement official for the work that they do every day and for the lives they saved during Superstorm Sandy,” said Governor Christie. “It is an honor to stand with these men and women and it is truly gratifying to have them play a key role in our campaign.”

Just yesterday, Governor Christie received the backing of the Port Authority Police Sergeants Benevolent Association, Port Authority Lieutenants Benevolent Association, Port Authority Police Detectives Endowment Association, and Waterfront Commission Police Detectives Endowment Association. The Governor was previously endorsed in January by the 1,300-member Port Authority Police Benevolent Association and in March by the New Jersey Career Fire Chiefs Association. 

Governor Christie has also earned the support and endorsement of the National Coalition of Latino Officers, the Essex County Police Chiefs Association, and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura.

“Over the last three and a half years, Governor Christie has demonstrated steadfast support for New Jersey’s law enforcement community. Under his bold leadership, he has provided law enforcement officials in every corner of the state with the tools we need to serve our communities and keep our residents safe,” said Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura.“Along with our colleagues in uniform from throughout New Jersey's law enforcement community, we are honored to stand with Governor Christie and be a part of his campaign for reelection.”

Governor Christie furthered his commitment to New Jersey’s law enforcement community in the Governor’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget, by providing the largest pension payment in New Jersey history to meet the state’s obligation to its public servants.

The Career Public Safety Officials for Christie coalition is led by a bipartisan statewide leadership team and county coordinators from across the spectrum of public safety professions including police, fire, and corrections officers in all of New Jersey's 21 counties.

Statewide Leadership Team:

Statewide Co-Chair: Paul Nunziato, President, NY/NJ Port Authority PBA
Statewide Co-Chair: John Sierchio, (Fmr.) Delegate to State PBA; Detective Sergeant, Bloomfield Police Department
Statewide Co-Chair: Mike Postorino, President, NJ Career Fire Chiefs Association
Statewide Co-Chair: Frank Provenzano, Sheriff, Somerset County
Statewide Co-Chair: Frank Balles, Sheriff, Atlantic County
Statewide Co-Chair: Michael Saudino, Sheriff, Bergen County
Statewide Co-Chair: Jean Stanfield, Sheriff, Burlington County
Statewide Co-Chair: Gary Schaeffer, Sheriff, Cape May County
Statewide Co-Chair: Armando Fontoura, Sheriff, Essex County
Statewide Co-Chair: Frederick Brown, Sheriff, Hunterdon County
Statewide Co-Chair: Shaun Golden, Sheriff, Monmouth County
Statewide Co-Chair: Ed Rochford, Sheriff, Morris County
Statewide Co-Chair: William Sommerling, Acting Sheriff, Ocean County
Statewide Co-Chair: Charles Miller, Sheriff, Salem County
Statewide Co-Chair: Mike Strada, Sheriff, Sussex County
Statewide Co-Chair: David Gallant, Sheriff, Warren County

County Coordinators:

Atlantic County Chair: Deputy Mayor Paul Hodson, (Fmr.) President, Local 77 Mainland PBA
Bergen County Chair: Michael McCann, Police Chief, River Vale Police Department
Burlington County Chair: Walt Miller, Lieutenant, Evesham Police Department
Camden County Chair: Rick DiRenzo, (Ret.) Sergeant, Camden City Police Department
Cape May County Chair: Thomas DePaul, Police Chief, Wildwood Crest Police Department
Cumberland County Chair: Greg Pacitto, President, Vineland PBA
Essex County Chair: Mike Bramhall, Chairman, Essex County Police Chiefs Association
Gloucester County Chair: Joe Micucci, (Ret.) Corporal, Washington Township Police Department
Hudson County Chair: Gregg Kearce, (Ret.) Sergeant, Jersey City Police Department
Hunterdon County Chair: Robert Smith, Undersheriff, Hunterdon County Sheriff's Office
Mercer County Chair: Marty Masseroni, Police Chief, Robbinsville Township
Middlesex County Co-Chair: Mike Kushwarra, (Ret.) Sergeant, South Brunswick Township
Middlesex County Co-Chair: Ken Kelly, (Fmr.) Delegate to State PBA
Monmouth County Chair: Bobby Dawson, Undersheriff, Monmouth County
Morris County Chair: William Schievella, President, Italian American Officers Association
Ocean County Chair: Thomas Boyd, Chief, Seaside Heights, Police Department
Passaic County Chair: Carlos Pagan, President, Paterson Firefighters Association
Salem County Chair: Anthony Wright, Undersheriff, Salem County Sheriff's Office
Somerset County Chair: Bob Szkodny, (Fmr.) Deputy Chief, Bridgewater Police Department
Sussex County Chair: John Armeno, Executive Department, NJ Sheriff's Association
Union County Chair: John Dougherty, (Ret.) Captain, Summit Police Department
Warren County Chair: Sal Simonetti, (Fmr.) Sheriff, Warren County.

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