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NJ trooper numbers expected to drop

Twenty percent of the force could go out the door in the next couple of years, says the head of the troopers' union

By Chris Megerian
Gloucester County Times

Twenty-five years ago, Clinton Pagano, then the leader of New Jersey's State Police, told reporters at a press conference he wanted to hire "one thousand troopers in one thousand days."

He almost hit his mark. In a booming economy that produced fat state budgets from 1985 through 1988, 834 troopers from nine academy classes joined the ranks. It was one of the largest recruitment drives in State Police history.

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