Keep politics out of police & fire pensions | Opinion

 Keep politics out of police & fire pensions | Opinion

By Ed Donnelly

Once we made the decision to overhaul the police and fire pension system, we knew it would be an uphill battle. Due to decades of mismanagement, continued mispayments and poor returns, we were gearing up for a battle of epic proportions. What I didn’t know when we started this unprecedented endeavor was just how massive of an undertaking it would be. I thought passing the legislation would be the challenging part, I was wrong. The implementation of the legislation is far more challenging and for good reasons.

The firefighters and police officers are on the front lines every day, protecting and serving our communities, the biggest pressure we can lift off their shoulders is to protect the pension we pay into for our families’ futures. Both members and employers deserve the insight and authority into the pension system they pay into. In my career as a firefighter, the Pension System of New Jersey has turned into this…

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