AC Cops, Firefighters Vow to Fight Court-Approved Salary, Benefits Cuts

“Today, we pray to St. Patrick to help us rid Atlantic City of the Trenton snakes and the poison venom that they’ve given to our citizens,” said Mayor Don Guardian, responding to the news that a judge had ruled that the state could tear up its collective bargaining agreement with the city’s firefighters union.

State-appointed manager — former Sen. and State Attorney General Jeff Chiesa — drew most of the heat from speakers representing firefighters and police. They took turns bashing Chiesa’s $400-an-hour rate while the state is proposing cuts in salaries and benefits, longer hours, and staff reductions for firefighters and cops.

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