Gov. Signs Bill Easing Transition Into New Jobs For Laid-Off Rookie Police Officers

christie signingWith more than 200 young police officers already laid off statewide and hundreds more facing a similar fate, Gov. Chris Christie has signed a bill that could make their road to re-employment a little smoother. Under the bill, which Christie signed into law on Thursday, officers laid off for “reasons of economy” during their first year of police work will no longer have to re-take the civil service exam or repeat the police academy. The law also gives laid-off officers five years of priority status, meaning cities can re-hire them ahead of people on future civil service lists.

“This isn’t as good as having a job but at least these kids know they don’t have to give up on their careers,” said Assemblyman Albert Couthino (D-Essex) who, along with Sen. Ronald Rice Sr. (also D-Essex) drafted the bill after cutbacks in Newark were first discussed. Read more in Star Ledger.

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  1. Make no mistake, Christie cares much more about his image (presidential bid?) than about N.J. He speaks like a typical politician.
    Everything that moves gets rejected by him because it is too expensive.

    Actually, there are certain things that should never be terminated such as cops. With crime the way it is (and always will be) and for a million other reasons…someone who is laying off cops must be suspected of personal motives.

    He likes looking strong saying things like, no way, we N.J can not afford that right now blah blah blah. Say it like it is,pal. I-Want-to-be-president-and-I-want-it-now.

  2. your rite but cops do alot of jobs that are brneth their pay grad such act as crossing guards and traffic and safty stand in shop rite all jobs that could be done by private citizins with out a heffty helth plan an pension which tax payers cant afford anymore so lets hire cops for cop jobs and pay them well but all those other jobs should be done by part time employes or reg ular citizins who wont coast tax payers 110k a year

  3. You know I was going to comment on this but I will just say this. The stores you see those police officers in, pay for their services. It is a direct bill from the store to the township pd to have officers on off duty jobs doing that rather than having a fully paid on duty officer sit there while he is “making 110K a year” to do that courtesy.

  4. # 2 Once again we are speaking without knowing what we are talking about. All those jobs that you are talking about are not paid for with tax dollars, they are paid by the contractor, and at a rate that is substantially less than the police salary. Anyway, judging from your spelling and grammar I really won’t get too upset by your post.

  5. Congrats to the Gov for signing his first piece of legistlation that will actually help a public servant in NJ. He must be in the holiday spirit

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