The New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee voted, 12-0, Tuesday to retain Col. Rick Fuentes as head of the New Jersey State Police.

Fuentes cited numerous accomplishments by the state police under his tenure, such as being granted a new accreditation. He detailed his efforts to combat the force's high retirement rate and to crack down on alcohol-related incidents involving state troopers.

Fuentes was appointed in 2003 by Gov. James E. McGreevey and reappointed by Gov. Jon S. Corzine. He has served under his third governor, Chris Christie, for more than a year. - AP