Citing a restoration of trust with law enforcement, the Jersey City Police Officers Benevolent Association has endorsed Gov. Phil Murphy and Mayor Steve Fulop for re-election.
“We appreciate Governor Murphy’s full contribution to the pension fund and commitment to continuing that progress, as well as the common-sense step of ensuring that experienced law enforcement professionals have a seat at the table when discussing criminal justice reforms,” said Det. Joseph Cossolini, the JCPOBA president. “We also applaud the Governor’s leadership in steering our state through this unprecedented public health crisis. Police officers, as well as the community at large, will benefit from his continued leadership.”
The endorsements follow a decision by the New Jersey Fraternal Order of Police to stay out of the governor’s race. The New Jersey PBA has not yet announced who they will back, if anybody.
Murphy has won endorsements from the Port Authority Police PBA and the State Trooper’s Fraternal Association of New Jersey.
For Fulop, who is a heavy favorite to win a third term in Jersey City, the JCPOBA endorsement marks a reversal of where the union was four years ago when police officers protested outside the mayor’s fundraiser and the union sparred with him over crime rates.
“When the Mayor faced mounting calls to slash the police budget, he remained firmly rooted in a realistic approach to public safety by hiring more police Jersey City officers than any other mayor in recent memory,” Cossolini said. “We share Mayor Fulop’s commitment to smart growth, creative modernization of facilities and policies, and continued public engagement and transparency.”
Fulop, who faces newcomer Lewis Spears in next month’s non-partisan municipal election, said that he was “fully committed to working closely with the JCPD to make our neighborhoods safer, to further improve the relationship between the police and the community, and to ensure that there is greater accountability for both officers and the residents they serve.”
The JCPOBA has more than 700 members, the union said.