I never met Ferdinand Morrone. This is his story…
Before he ever became the Superintendent of the New York Port Authority Police, Ferdinand Morrone had a law enforcement career that most cops would envy. Born in Brooklyn, he started his career with the New Jersey State Police in 1963, and continued his education and got his PoliSci degree from Stockton State College in 1974. He followed that up with a masters in Public Administration from Rider University in 1977.
In 1981, Justin Dintino was running the Intelligence Unit of the State Police. He recalls;
I was running the Intelligence Unit… and he was assigned to me as an investigator. He was a tremendous investigator. He was like a bulldog. I would give him the toughest cases – organized crime, solid waste, and he would always deliver the goods. … If he got on your tail, you might as well cry uncle, because he was going to get you.
One of the last cases he worked as a State Policeman was the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. He was one of a few dozen cops the NJSP lent to the feds to work the investigation. Morrone finished up his 30 years with the NJ State Police in 1993 and took his retirement as a Lieutenant Colonel. Cops like Fred didn’t just lay about the house though. By 1996, he had taken the job as the Superintendent of the Port Authority Police, a force that is in charge of all the transportation and shipping jurisdictions in NY and NJ. Still living in New Jersey, Fred would sometimes work at his office on the first floor of the World Trade Center, or sometimes from his office in Jersey City, depending on the day.