We have learned and confirmed that Governor Phil Murphy has formally nominated Colonel Patrick J. Callahan to be the next Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.

Callahan has served and held the position in an Acting capacity for an extended period of time. His nomination was held up for reasons that no longer matter.

If Callahan receives the advice and consent of the New Jersey State Senate, he will succeed Colonel Joseph R. Fuentes, for the term prescribed by law, serving during the term of the office of the appointing Governor.

Callahan is uniquely qualified to receive the top position for the New Jersey State Police. He knows the job. He’s done the job. He’s done it very well.

Callahan will be interviewed this Thursday, December 16, 2021, when the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Senator Nicholas P. Scutari will hold The Callahan confirmation hearing.

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We welcomed New Jersey State Police Colonel Patrick J. Callahan to WPG “Hurley in the Morning” on April 20, 2020, during some of the darkest days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can tell a lot about what a person is made of during challenging times. 

Our interview took place on the day before Colonel Callahan appeared in Atlantic City to tour the field medical station that had been set-up at the Atlantic City Convention Center. The makeshift hospital was an integral part of the strategy to battle the coronavirus.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Matt Doherty, Executive Director of the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, we’re also on hand to tour the field medical station at the Atlantic City Convention Center on Tuesday morning.

The United States Army Corp of Engineers, New Jersey State Police, and everyone involved did a fabulous job establishing this facility in record time.

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New Jersey State Police vehicle                                           (Dan Alexander, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Callahan has led the New Jersey State Police since October 31, 2017, sworn in by then Governor Chris Christie as the 14th Colonel of the New Jersey State Police.

Colonel Callahan’s biography is impressive.

In April, 1995, Colonel Callahan enlisted in the State Police as a member of the 115th Class.

He served as Recovery Bureau Chief in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy and worked with state and federal partners to develop and implement long-term recovery effort strategies.

Colonel Callahan also served as the Commanding Officer of the Emergency Management Section and Assistant State Director of the Office of Emergency Management.

He was the chairman of the Command and Control Subcommittee of the Emergency Management Section when New Jersey hosted Super Bowl XLVIII, working to develop and implement all operations undertaken by the Public Safety Compound.

Colonel Callahan served as the Deputy Superintendent of Operations, supervising and directing the operational activities of the 1,800 enlisted members assigned to Field Operations as well as the operational duties and responsibilities of the Traffic and Public Safety Office, Victims Services Unit, Fatal Accident Investigation Unit, Highway Traffic Safety Unit, and the Criminal Investigation in s Offices within Field Operations.

Colonel Callahan earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Villanova University and a Master of Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Colonel Callahan is the son of retired State Police Major Mick Callahan, who served as Division Staff Section Commanding Officer under Colonel Clinton Pagano, the 9th Superintendent of the State Police. Colonel Callahan resides in Warren County with his wife Linda, two sons and two daughters.

Callahan is a competent, highly impressive Superior Officer, who will certainly earn Senate confirmation.

Immediately below this article is a profound photo gallery by my colleague, Eddie Davis.

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