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Video: Port Authority Commissioner Resigns After Confrontation with New Jersey Officers

April 25, 2018  | 

VIDEO: Port Authority Commissioner Resigns After Confrontation with New Jersey Officers

She dropped the F-bomb. She belittled police officers. And she flashed her Port Authority commissioner's badge.

A police video of a seemingly routine traffic stop in the Bergen County, NJ, community of Tenafly generated outrage this week by the actions of Caren Z. Turner, who harangued police who had pulled over a car carrying her daughter.

Turner's tirade against the patrol officers included profanity, insults and the repeated reference of her position as a Port Authority commissioner, all captured in a video. In the end, however, all she accomplished was her forced resignation from the Port Authority and no small amount of public shaming, NJ.com reports.

A Democrat who raised money for Hillary Clinton, Turner was appointed to the Port Authority last year by former Gov. Chris Christie, as part of a pair of appointments that included former GOP state Sen. Kevin O'Toole. Turner was the pick of Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37), who was pushing for more women on the board.

Tenafly police stopped the car, a Toyota with Nevada plates, because it had front side tinted windows, which are not legal in New Jersey. The car also had a license plate frame that partly covered the name of Nevada. Once they pulled the car over, the officers learned that the car had an expired registration and the driver did not have an insurance card. Turner's daughter was a passenger in the rear seat.


Comments (9)

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Anthony @ 4/25/2018 4:39 PM

Professionalism at its best by Tenafly’s Finest!

Randy @ 4/25/2018 4:44 PM

The Officer did a commendable job. Tenafly must be a well trained department in the area of dealing with external customers.

kevcopaz @ 4/25/2018 4:46 PM

Bravo! Nice to see these self important "I know my rights" over educated smart asses get what they deserve. The officers took far more then I would have. Just hope the Chief there has some balls and supports them, they did NOTHING wrong and deserve congratulations on their restraint. Bye the way Christie appointed this witch? A Dem who supported Hillary? WTF? He could not find an republican females fro the board? This is another reason why people thought Christie was a "RHINO". God Im glad he is out of favor with the RNC.

Anthony @ 4/25/2018 4:50 PM

A typical example of someone who thinks they are more deserving of a consideration that anyone else. She was not involved. Her daughter was a passenger IN the car. The sense of entitlement that was apparent from her attitude, language and the way she treated the officers is shameful. Oh sure....she respects the police....unless it involves her, her family and then she demands SPECIAL TREATMENT. Great job by the police officers involved. They kept their cool. They maintained their professional demeanor. BRAVO to the two of them. Job well done, Top notch.

Steve D @ 4/25/2018 4:52 PM

I am glad to see this officer remain very professional and stand his ground with an individual who had no right to interject herself into this traffic stop and attempt leverage her perceived authority.

Grey Bear @ 4/26/2018 8:34 AM

A Democrat who raised money for Hillary Clinton, who thinks she entitled, all the while belittling people who work for a living....shocking.

Dale @ 4/27/2018 7:30 AM

Oh, but she has a pedigree! Didn't they see that? And her adult daughter is apparently used to calling Mommy to help bail her out of problems. I bet she still wears a diaper and Mommy changes it.

Meri @ 5/2/2018 9:31 AM

Congratulations to these officers who showed exemplary conduct and professionalism in a situation where they were insulted and bullied.

They followed the rule of law. She, as an attorney did not. I wonder where she went to law school.

I am glad she resigned. Now 4,000 police officers are rid of her.

The nation has seen an excellent example of police harassment and the restraint the majority of officers show day in and day out.

And kudos to the Police Commissioner for doing the right thing and supporting his men.

Meri @ 5/2/2018 9:36 AM

Excellent job. Officers followed rule of law and did not cave to a citizen that bullied them and was completely outside the law. As an attorney; she should have known that.

The officers showed restraint and exemplary professionalism.

Kudos to the Police Commissioner for supporting his men.

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