Drawing a bright line between retaliatory action and legitimate discipline, a Mercer County judge dismissed a whistle-blower suit by two Hamilton policemen who claimed they were harassed and denied promotions for telling state officials about a brawl at a bachelor party attended by their chief.

Superior Court Judge Raymond Hayser granted the defense motion for summary judgment on June 21, concluding that injuries suffered by plaintiffs Anthony Recine and James Pizzullo did not meet a standard recently articulated by the Appellate Division.

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