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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
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.