N.J. State Police And Attorney General Fight It Out

For almost two years, Attorney General Anne Milgram and State Police unions have been engaged in a behind-the-scenes battle over her power to reject trooper promotions proposed by the agency. And so far Milgram is winning. The unions contend Milgram has been too aggressive in denying promotions to troopers, digging deeper into disciplinary records and judging candidates with criteria outside their contract. An arbitrator supported her right to deny promotions in a decision issued in March, but further fights may be ahead. In the latest round of promotions two months ago, Milgram approved 315 promotions and rejected 17. In the previous round, in January 2008, she approved 179 and rejected 15. Read full Statehouse Bureau article here.

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