PBA halfway house lawsuit lacks merit, Christie says

NEW BRUNSWICK – Gov. Chris Christie left no doubt today about what he thinks of the lawsuit that has been filed against Essex County over its arrangement with a halfway house operator.

“There’s no merit to it,” he said.

The Policeman’s Benevolent Association filed suit to end the relationship between Essex and the Education Health Centers of America. Among other things, the PBA claims dangerous inmates are moved out of prisons and into less-secure settings with less-violent offenders.

But Christie said today that the suit is just a way to save more public-sector jobs, adding that the PBA has been opposed to halfway houses.

“I don’t think they will go anywhere,” he said in regards to the inmates. “I’m not concerned about it.”

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PBA files suit over Essex’s inmate housing arrangement

 

PBA halfway house lawsuit lacks merit, Christie says