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Video: Politician Lied About N.J. Trooper's Mistreatment

December 04, 2012  | 

VIDEO: Traffic Stop of Speeding N.J. Assemblyman

Dash-cam video has vindicated a New Jersey State Police trooper accused of mistreating a state assemblyman during a traffic stop.

Trooper Randy Pangborn said he faced an internal investigation and pressure from the state's largest police union to drop his complaint against Assemblyman Nelson Albano. The trooper ticketed Albano for driving 71 mph in a 55 mph zone on Feb. 21.

Following the citation, Albano wrote a scathing letter to the state police claiming the trooper refused to accept his temporary vehicle registration, requested backup, and had other troopers box in his car. He said he was "humiliated, embarrassed and disrespected as a legislator," reports the Star-Ledger.

Video obtained from Trooper Pangborn's cruiser tells a different story. The footage shows the trooper remaining calm and respectful. The assemblyman, who acknowledged later he asked the trooper to "cut me a break," was on his way in about eight minutes.

The trooper told the assemblyman he would need to contact the court.

Comments (15)

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DPB @ 12/4/2012 6:37 PM

Politician lied? Say it ain't so!!!
Police Union, what a farce!
New Jersey, situation normal!
Kudos to the trooper for standing his ground!

uniformer @ 12/4/2012 7:14 PM

The assemblyman is a Democrat, so he is incapable of lying. Democrats never lie. Top-level union officials are never in bed with politicians, so I am sure there is no quid pro quo going on here... answer - discipline the trooper who merely followed procedure and was proved correct.

Doc @ 12/4/2012 7:33 PM

It's time to arrest that ASSemblyman for making a false complaint, make an example of him!

Nichole @ 12/5/2012 5:26 AM

Shame on the union for pressuring Trooper Pangborn to drop the complaint. Seriously? Way to back one of your own, you assbags.

Nice work Trooper Pangborn, if I were to get pulled over in Jersey, I would hope it would be you flashing your red and blues.

CO @ 12/5/2012 5:27 AM

Doc is right! Charge the scumbag!

rojo @ 12/5/2012 5:42 AM

Just another example that many legislators believe they are above the law. I thought the Union was supposed to protect the officer. Maybe it's time people took another look at how unioins have evolved and who the top officials are in bed with.

Qrush007 @ 12/5/2012 5:50 AM

Way to stick to your guns Troop! It's nice to know what the douchebag unions are about. Political assclowns like this don't deserve to be in the position he is in.

Keith @ 12/5/2012 7:11 AM

what is the world coming to? A politician lied? Say it ain't so

Jim Van Gorder @ 12/5/2012 8:07 AM

Did the legislator make the same accusations in court when he tried to fight the citation? If so that would be perjury. It would be interesting to find out.

Robocop @ 12/5/2012 8:36 AM

Good for you Trooper Pangborn! Ian ashamed to see hat this "Union" that is supposed to be an advocate for the Troopers is nothing more than another political arm for Democrats and under their influence. The head of the union should resign, immediately. The Assemblyman should also resign immediately or be thrown out of Office for lying and making an official complaint based on lies an requesting preferential treatment because of his position.

Aikido John @ 12/5/2012 10:28 AM

I'm surprised that the assemblyman even bothered to make a complaint. That's New Jersey; All he would have to do is show up at court, give the judge a wink and the secret handshake and the ticket would be throw out. He's a member of the political club. I think he just wanted revenge on the officer for writing him...

Shawn Carter @ 12/5/2012 12:08 PM

An e-mail I just wrote to Assemlyman Nelson Albano:

You should resign due to your false claim that sparked an internal investigation on Trooper Randy Pangborn for rightfully issuing you a citation - you did it (speeded) so why did you not man up and just pay it (the citation).

How dare you use your office to intimidate! That is not American and not what government should be doing. You are abusing your trusted office. What, are you better than everyone one else? Are you better than Trooper Pangborn? Since when have you put your life and your family at risk by strapping on a gun belt and donning a uniform (target) due to your selfless desire to help your fellow man? It is ironic that a police officer could be fired and decertified for falsifying a report or arrest but when a state official does so maliciously nothing happens. Why is that? Do we not hold politicians to a higher standard?

How can anyone trust a man that lies like you did? You sir should be ashamed. There is only one way to redeem yourself, first admit it, personally apologize, and then resign. If you run for reelection that would be a disservice for New Jersey – do the honorable thing and just go away. Even Nixon left when it all came down – you could always like he seek a pardon from a fellow political flunky. Perhaps you could instead seek employment in the news media or by practicing law where both have agendas and many shades of grey truth!

Shawn Carter

S.S @ 12/10/2012 11:08 AM

Hopefully this policitician gets whats coming to him, and I hope its lots of negative media attention. Albano is a disgrace, and he should step down. As far as the union goes, what a bunch of spineless assholes. The one thing that you all are suppose to do is to back us up on shit like this! That's why you all are there. You sought your position and were elected. Then when this Trooper needs you all the most you cowher under this politician. You all ought to be ashamed of yourselves. You all are worthless chicken shit cowards!!!

Steve Kiss @ 1/24/2013 9:25 AM

Just another example of a politician who never learned he was elected to represent and serve, not be served and worshiped. Nearly all of them think they deserve special privileges over the people who elected them to office, including those officers who put their lives on the line for them every day. I wouldn't expect this guy to resign or apologize. That move would require character and integrity. You know, those same traits demonstrated by Trooper Pangborn. Trooper, I salute you sir. As for your union; my condolences to you. God bless.

NJ Govs Office @ 2/6/2013 7:25 PM

Not the first time scumbags are found in nice automobiles or telling lies to cops. This guy has embarrassed more of his friends than he knows in the State Assembly...snickers behind his back are most common. Thank you Officer for standing on principle and the law. Yes, 'tactical at all times with that gun hand. W/M/Assembly have guns and if they show this level of a lack of integrity...god forbid, he could have shot you on road and not the character Assassination he tried this time.

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