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Police & Firefighters Protest Gov. Christie’s Budget Cuts

TRENTON, NJ (CBS) — Thousands of off-duty and retired police officers and firefighters made their voices heard in Trenton on Thursday. Their target: Governor Chris Christie. They say his budget cuts are making New Jersey cities unsafe.

Anthony Weiners, president of the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association, told the crowd, “We didn’t choose this fight, but goddamn it, we’re not running away from it!” The crowd responded with cheers.

The protests come in the wake of state property tax limits that have strained local budgets. The city of Camden is just one example, laying off half its police force.

The Republican governor and Democratic Senate president say union members should pay more for their pensions and health benefits.

Christie said he was undeterred.

“They can yell and scream and do all the things they want to do, but they have to face the facts. The facts are, the money is not there,” the governor said.

But the unions said they’re being made scapegoats.

John Williamson, president of Camden Fraternal Order of Police, said, “Stop playing politics and restore public safety in the city of Camden today.”

The governor said the pro-union rallies have “zero” effect on his decisions.

Reported by Chris May, CBS 3

  • Danielle

    Dear Shoreboater, I sure hope you are kidding, you can’t possibly think public employees are making out with money. As a teacher I can assure you I live paycheck to paycheck and will live that way most of my life.

    “A public union worker, a tea party activist and a CEO are sitting at a table with a dozen of cookies in front of them. The CEO takes 11 cookies, turns to the tea partier and says ‘watch out for that union guy, he wants a piece of your cookie.'”

  • Sympathetic

    Shoreboater is wrong. If you are not willing to give more of your salary to the state, then you are being hypocritical. Public employees are not over paid. The governor is refusing to ask ALL New Jersey residents to sacrifice. How would you feel if the governor told you that you were greedy and had to return more of your salary to the state? I guess you would gladly do it since you are so willing to have police, firefighters, teachers and state employees to do that. Walk in their shoes and see how willing you would be to just sit quietly and take it.

  • kerrie

    police and firefighters put their lives on the line for idiots like u…hope ur shoreboat sinks

  • mz

    Cops and Firefighters are median income residents that protect arrogant ungrateful jerks like you. Most can’t afford a SHOREBOAT you pompus A–.

  • shoreboater

    Public employees get paid too much. Why should they be paid higher than the median income of residents in these townships.

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