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December 21, 2014

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Police officer videotaped criticizing Obama resigns

HELMETTA, N.J. — A New Jersey police officer under investigation after he was videotaped making disparaging comments about President Barack Obama and the Constitution has resigned.

Part-time Officer Richard Recine was called to the Helmetta town hall Monday because resident Steve Wronko was seen videotaping inside. Wronko insisted he had a constitutional right to make the recording.

On the tape, the officer says Obama has "decimated" the Constitution and "if he doesn't follow the Constitution, we don't have to."

Borough Administrator Herbert Massa tells the Courier News of Bridgewater the resignation was offered Thursday morning and was accepted by Police Director Robert Manney.

Recine earned an hourly wage while collecting a $79,000 pension after retiring from the Franklin Police Department in 2006. The Associated Press was unable to locate a phone listing for him.

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