Christie’s bid for White House will cost New Jersey taxpayers

By   /  January 26, 2015  /  National, New Jersey, News, Open Records, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments

Governor's Office/Tim Larsen

 
By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
As his first official step in a likely run for the White House, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has formed a political action committee to raise money, hire a staff and fund his campaign trips.
For New Jersey taxpayers, the bad news will be an increase in Christie’s out-of-state political […]

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Christie withholds NJ credit card records on travel costs

By   /  January 20, 2015  /  New Jersey, News, Open Records  /  No Comments

Governor's Office/Tim Larsen

 
By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is refusing to release nearly $800,000 in American Express credit card bills for the travel costs of his state police security detail.
The governor’s staff rejected a New Jersey Watchdog reporter’s request for the monthly statements, contending releasing the records would jeopardize Christie’s safety.
The denial follows […]

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Bills target utilities on eminent domain, open records

By   /  January 19, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, News, North Carolina, Open Records, Virginia, West Virginia  /  No Comments

STICKY ISSUE: Rural Virginia landowners are pressing lawmakers to side with them against construction of a trans-state gas pipeline.

A land-rights coalition wants to curb the power of Virginia’s public utilities and open company records to the Freedom of Information Act.

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Big ticket: Cost to protect Gov. Christie rises 1,800 percent

By   /  January 11, 2015  /  Ethics, Finances, National, New Jersey, News, Open Records, Texas, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
No matter who paid for Chris Christie’s ticket to the Dallas Cowboys vs. Green Bay Packers football game on Sunday, the New Jersey governor ran up the score on taxpayers.
The travel costs of state police troopers assigned to protect the governor are 18 times higher than when Christie took office, […]

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Former PA school board member uncovers questionable credit card use

By   /  January 8, 2015  /  Accountability, Education, Government Waste, News, Open Records, Pennsylvania, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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Working from an inside tip, a former school board member of a suburban Pittsburgh school district found questionable spending by school district employees with district credit cards – including thousands spent for meals and even one $49 purchase at a beer distributor.

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NJ taxpayers penalized as Christie cheers for Cowboys

By   /  January 6, 2015  /  New Jersey, New Jersey Big Stories, News, Open Records, Politics & Elections, Texas, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By Mark Lagerkvist|New Jersey Watchdog
It’s no longer a secret that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s free rides to Dallas Cowboys football games are paid by team owner Jerry Jones. The real mystery is how much more the governor’s gridiron follies cost New Jersey taxpayers.
In the aftermath of the nationally televised appearance at Sunday’s NFL playoff game in […]

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