State of New Jersey
Executive Order #15

Governor James J. Florio

WHEREAS, the President of the United States issued an Executive Order on August 22, 1990, authorizing the Secretary of Defense to call up select members of the Reserve and National Guard to active duty during the Middle East crises and authorizing the Secretary of Transportation to similarly call up members of the Coast Guard Reserve;

WHEREAS, Reserve and National Guard members who are activated during this crisis serve a vital national interest for which they deserve the full support of the citizens of this State;

WHEREAS, the State of New Jersey recognizes that a strong, ready Reserve and National Guard are essential to the defense of this country and vital to this State in time of emergency or natural disaster;

WHEREAS, the State of New Jersey encourages its employees to serve in the Reserve and National Guard and recognizes the personal and economic sacrifices of its employees who are called to active duty during the Middle East crisis;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JAMES J. FLORIO, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in my by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:

1. New Jersey State employees who are called to active duty during the Middle East crisis shall be entitled upon termination of active duty to return to State employment with full seniority and benefits consistent with State and federal military reemployment and seniority rights.

2. During active duty for a total of up to 180 days, these State employees shall be entitled to receive a salary equal to the differential between the employee's State salary and the employee's military pay.

3. These State employees shall be entitled to State employees health benefits, life insurance and pension coverage during active duty service for which they receive differential salary as prescribed in this order as if they were on paid leave of absence.

4. The Commissioner of Personnel shall implement this Executive Order and each department, office, division or agency of the State is authorized and directed, to the extent not inconsistent with law, to cooperate with the Commissioner of Personnel and to make available to him such information, personnel and assistance as necessary to accomplish the purposes of this of this Order.

5. This Order shall take effect immediately.

GIVEN, under my hand and seal
this 13th day of Sept. in the Year
of Our Lord, one thousand nine
hundred and ninety, and of the
Independence of the United States,
the two hundred and fifteenth.

/s/ James J. Florio


/s/ John A. Sweeney
Counsel to the Governor