Fraternal Order of Police won’t endorse Murphy in 2021 despite backing him in 2017

Fraternal Order of Police won’t endorse Murphy in 2021 despite backing him in 2017

New Jersey’s Fraternal Order of Police – which is the state’s second biggest police union – has decided against endorsing Phil Murphy for a second term this November 2021.

While the Republican nominee Jack Ciattarelli would’ve liked the nod (it looks like the FOP is staying neutral), it’s still a significant development since the union backed Murphy in his initial run for governor in 2017 against Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, a former sheriff.

The Murphy Administration’s anti-police policies make the union’s non-endorsement decision not incredibly surprising.

Under Murphy, New Jersey became a “Sanctuary State” and, more recently, a new law enacted by Murphy subjects police to 3rd degree criminal penalties for initiating stops on the basis of an odor of marijuana or alcohol even if the subject is a minor. Murphy’s COVID-19 prison release policy has released multiple individuals who currently stand accused of homicide. Officers are now also subjected to extensive implicit bias training.