NEWARK - James Stewart, Jr. of the Newark Fraternal Order of Police, spoke today about his fears concerning the layoffs of first responders.

Stewart says, "You cannot take away the youngest, most aggressive officers you have in this state or in any community and expect the citizens not to suffer."

Kelly Walsifer, the fiancée of slain officer Chris Matlosz, was also on hand to offer up her concerns.

Walsifer spoke about her fiance, saying, "He never had a chance to defend himself. And something like this should never happen again. These gangs who are throughout New Jersey and the country are comparable to terrorists."

Dozens of cities and towns across the state have laid off hundreds of first responders.