Court: N.J. state troopers have to pay tolls to and from work

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A New Jersey appeals court has ruled that the State Police do not have to reimburse troopers for highway tolls paid during their commutes to and from work.


The decision Thursday settles a dispute between the state and the troopers’ union that started in 2010 when the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and the South Jersey Transportation Authority ended the practive of giving troopers free rides through the tolls, NJ.com reported.





In 2010, Gov. Chris Christie called for an end to the state paying for non-emergency traffic. In November of that year, the State Police declined to pick up the cost involved and the State Troopers Fraternal Association filed a grievance, accusing the division of violating their collective bargaining agreement.

The State Police argued they agreed to pay mileage but were not responsible when another agency ended their policy of providing free passage.

Initially, an arbitrator found the toll-free rides were an “established benefit.” 

In Thursday’s decision,the court ruled the arbitrator “exceeded his authority and made a mistake of law.”

The benefit was between the union and the turnpike authorities and not between the union and the State Police, the court ruled.



















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