NJ Watchdog appeals denial of Christie travel records

By   /  September 17, 2014  /  New Jersey, New Jersey Big Stories, New Jersey Watchdog, News, Open Records, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

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Gov. Chris Christie’s attempt to flout state travel rules will be contested in New Jersey appeals court. The case pits the governor’s power versus transparency in government – a cause Christie once championed.

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Union group coordinated with elected officials to defeat anti-living wage bill

By   /  September 12, 2014  /  News, Open Records, unions, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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MADISON, Wis. — A political nonprofit funded by Service Employees International Union coordinated with public officials to defeat legislation to eliminate local “living wages” that rely on state and federal funding, Wisconsin Reporter has learned.

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Ohio Supreme Court: Threats to governor exempt from Open Records Law

By   /  September 10, 2014  /  judicial accountability, Ohio, Open Records, Supreme Court, Transparency, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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Should the public get the details on threats to the governor? The Ohio Supreme Court doesn’t think so.

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Concern over Gov. Christie’s safety takes detour in New Jersey

By   /  September 3, 2014  /  New Jersey, New Jersey Big Stories, New Jersey Watchdog, News, Open Records  /  No Comments

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A debate over secrecy and Gov. Chris Christie’s safety took a turn in the Labor Day weekend traffic. Citing security concerns, the New Jersey governor refuses to release records showing which hotels he stayed during official trips. Yet his press office publicly identified which vehicle in the governor’s motorcade usually carries Christie.

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‘Chris Christie slept here’ is state secret in New Jersey

By   /  August 25, 2014  /  Ethics, New Jersey, New Jersey Big Stories, News, Open Records  /  No Comments

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“Chris Christie slept here” is not a historical marker. It’s a state secret in New Jersey, according to the governor’s lawyers. The attorney general’s office is trying to block release of records that identify which hotels Gov. Christie stayed while traveling on state business at taxpayers’ expense

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New York Press Club blasts Gov. Christie’s blacklist tactic

By   /  August 19, 2014  /  Ethics, New Jersey, New Jersey Big Stories, New Jersey Watchdog, Open Records  /  No Comments

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The New York Press Club is publicly criticizing Gov. Chris Christie and his staff for blacklisting New Jersey Watchdog.

The journalists’ organization “expresses its outrage over the Christie administration’s apparent ‘blacklisting’ of New Jersey Watchdog, in an effort to prevent the news outlet from receiving press advisories and official announcements from the governor’s office,” Press Club President Larry Seary said.

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