02/09/2013

NJ mayors: No police, emergency services at Super Bowl 2014

Group says they've had to absorb too many past costs for Jets', Giants' stadium

By Michael Copley
The Record

NEW JERSEY - A faction of Meadowlands District mayors is threatening to withhold police and other emergency services for next year’s Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium, saying they’ve been little compensated for the mounting cost of municipal services at past stadium events.

The decision by some mayors, announced this week in a news release, is in response to overtime expenses local governments say they’ve incurred and have had to absorb in providing emergency services for events at the stadium complex in East Rutherford.

"The stadium … has done little to help offset any costs for the surrounding communities when larger events occur at the stadium," Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli said in the release. "With one of [the] world’s largest sporting events coming to the East Rutherford venue, there is little doubt that the mayors will be expecting a call that their services are needed.

"The answer will be clear," Gonnelli said: "Don’t ask."

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