Senator John A. Girgenti (D-Passaic and Bergen)

27 Oct: Girgenti/Adler Bill Would Secure Civil Service Benefits For All Who Serve In Time Of War

TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senators John Girgenti and John H. Adler, which would allow certain people who qualify as veterans under Federal law, but not under New Jersey State law to receive additional hiring points on a civil service exam was unanimously approved today by the Senate Law and Public Safety and Veterans Affairs Committee.

“New Jersey has one of the most stringent definitions of the word ‘veteran,’ in that, in order to qualify, a person must have served during a time of conflict,” said Senator Girgenti, D-Passaic and Bergen, who chairs the Senate Law and Public Safety and Veterans Affairs panel. “Injury, disability and time served in conflict should not be the basis for providing veterans’ preference on civil service exams. Instead, our men and women in uniform should be rewarded for acting in the best interest of the people they made an oath to protect.”