Given that statutory veterans’ preferences have been available in all 50 states since the First World War One; any reduction in the New Jersey “earned” preference would be a troubling precedent in a time when substantial numbers of veterans are returning from war.
Currently all states have veterans preferences in hiring and absolute preferences for disabled veterans.
“values the contributions that our veterans have made, and continue to make, for our country’s freedom and for other nations around the world. As such, New Jersey’s merit system provides absolute veterans preference in employee selection. This means that qualified veterans are placed at the top of an open competitive employment list ahead of non-veterans regardless of their scores.”
“I think there is a possible win-win scenario because as a former civil service employee, I know the frustration of waiting for promotional exams to be performed, front line employees wait for a long bureaucratic test process which delays promotion and needed staff to supervisors who remain short-staffed,” Cook said. “We just need to make sure the process protects veterans and is fair to all involved.”
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