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Judge rejects restarting off-duty police jobs in Jersey City

JERSEY CITY, N.J. - (AP) -- A New Jersey has ruled against the Jersey City police unions request to restart the off-duty jobs program.

During the hearing Wednesday, Judge Peter Bariso ruled against the unions' request for a temporary injunction in their case against Democratic Mayor Steve Fulop. The Jersey Journal reports Bariso notes a temporary injunction is meant to prevent irreparable harm, and the city had been phasing out off-duty jobs for over a year.

Fulop halted the off-duty jobs program in January. The program allowed companies to hire off-duty officers as security and to direct traffic outside construction sites.

A federal investigation later resulted in multiple officers admitting they used the program as part of a criminal conspiracy.

The unions argue that Fulop cannot end the program without city council input.

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Information from: The Jersey Journal , http://www.nj.com/jjournal

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