A couple of things stood out about this:
There's nothing that makes a liberal reporter feel safer about a firearm than if you can show them a government paycheck stub to go with it. Doesn't matter if the paycheck stub says you're a dog catcher or a park ranger, it makes a gun okay. Of course the king's men may go armed!
The police got in touch with the Essex County prosecutor but the woman was not charged with anything or arrested because she reported the incident herself.That's an odd turn in New Jersey, where simple possession of an unlicensed firearm is a no-kidding go-to-prison felony, a law which innocent travelers have run afoul of before. However, those travelers weren't firefighters... they were "civilians", not the king's men, entitled to be a recipient of "professional courtesy".