NEW JERSEY STATE & PORT AUTHORITY POLICEMEN'S BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATIONS ENDORSE LEONARD LANCE FOR CONGRESS

September 29, 2016 press release
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September 29, 2016
NEW JERSEY STATE & PORT AUTHORITY POLICEMEN'S BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATIONS ENDORSE LEONARD LANCE FOR CONGRESS
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"You have risen above partisan politics and bureaucracy to take a stand on behalf of New Jersey's law enforcement officers"

WESTFIELD, NJ -- Two leading law enforcement groups have endorsed Leonard Lance for Congress over his Democratic rival Peter Jacob.

In his letter, New Jersey State Police Benevolent Association (NJ PBA) President Patrick Colligan praised Leonard Lance, writing, "Congress has all too often been dysfunctional recently. Yet, you have risen above partisan politics and bureaucracy to take a stand on behalf of New Jersey's law enforcement officers in Congress."

Colligan thanked Lance for his, "...continued support for COPS funding and for expanding the capabilities of law enforcement to do their jobs and to protect the public and themselves is critical to every officer in the nation."

In his endorsement letter, Port Authority Police Benevolent Association President Paul Nunziato said Leonard Lance's "dedication and ardent support" for law enforcement is "unparalleled," adding, "Your support of law enforcement issues and your hard work for your constituents is what sets you apart from other legislators, and we support your continued service to the State of New Jersey and the nation."

Leonard Lance's record in support of New Jersey's law enforcement includes:

  • Member of the Congressional Law Enforcement Caucus.
  • Original sponsor of H.R. 1786 to provide health care benefits to Sept. 11 first responders.
  • Champion of federal COPS and Byrne JAG grants programs to help address staffing, equipment, training and health and safety needs for New Jersey's police officers.
  • Cosponsor of H.R. 814, the "Thin Blue Line Act," that increases criminal penalties for violent crimes directed at law enforcement and first responders.

The New Jersey State PBA and Port Authority PBA endorsements for Leonard Lance come on the heels of last week's endorsement from the New Jersey Firefighters