Pension hypocrisy blocks Chris Christie’s comeback trail

By   /  March 3, 2014  /  Ethics, New Jersey, News, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Gov. Christie tries to regain his political mojo at a town hall meeting in Stirling, NJ

By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
An embattled Gov. Chris Christie is trying to regain his political mojo with a new campaign to reform New Jersey’s pension system and its $52-billion debt.
“This is the goal I will dedicate myself to in the remaining years of my governorship,” Christie proclaimed in his budget address.
It’s a message [...]

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Conflict of interest? VT lawmaker casts vote on employer-lobbied bill

By   /  February 12, 2014  /  Accountability, Energy, Ethics, Issues, Legislature, Lobbying, News, Non-Profits, Other News, Politics, State Government, State House, State Lobbying, State Politics, Top State News, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

RAISING THE BAR: Advocates push for ethics reform after Rep. Mike McCarthy denies "conflict of interest" vote

Rep. Mike McCarthy says a recent vote is not a conflict of interest, although one report suggests McCarthy’s employer lobbied for the proposed legislation several months ago.

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Secrets surface in probe implicating New Jersey’s lieutenant governor

By   /  February 12, 2014  /  Ethics, Fraud, Governor, New Jersey, News, Open Records, Pensions, Pensions, Politics, State Government, State Politics, Transparency, Transparency  /  No Comments

AP file photo

By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
A pension probe implicating Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno is so secret the New Jersey attorney general’s office won’t share its findings with the state board that requested the criminal investigation.
As a result, trustees of the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System remain in the dark about the results of an [...]

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Judge orders release of Guadagno pension-probe records

By   /  February 6, 2014  /  Ethics, Fraud, New Jersey, News, Pensions, Pensions, Politics, Power Abuse, Public records, State Government, State Politics, Transparency  /  No Comments

Cabinet Meeting

By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
A New Jersey Watchdog reporter has won the latest round in a three-year battle for public records surrounding the state’s hush-hush investigation of an alleged pension scheme implicating Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno.
Administrative Law Judge Linda M. Kassekert ordered the state Treasury to release 25 of 26 documents the Christie [...]

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GOP calls Dems’ Senate takeover ‘outrageous power grab’

By   /  January 29, 2014  /  Ethics, News, Virginia  /  No Comments

John Edwards

By Kenric Ward | Virginia Bureau
RICHMOND, Va. — In what Republicans called “a Virginia version of Harry Reid’s nuclear option,” Democrats invoked new rules giving them control of all state Senate committees.
With Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam casting the tie-breaker Tuesday, the evenly split Senate was reorganized on a 21-20 vote.
Republicans branded it “a day [...]

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