Criminal probe secrets center on Christie’s second-in-command

By   /  August 26, 2015  /  New Jersey, News, Open Records, Pensions, Power Abuse, State Government  /  No Comments

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The public’s right to know the outcome of a criminal probe of an alleged $245,000 pension fraud involving New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno will be debated next week in state appellate court. New Jersey Watchdog is appealing a lower court’s decision not to release the findings of an investigation by the state attorney general’s Division of Criminal Justice.

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Citizen groups sue Christie over campaign security costs

By   /  August 21, 2015  /  New Jersey, News, Open Records, Politics & Elections, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

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Three citizen groups are suing Chris Christie in an effort to stop the New Jersey governor from using state funds to pay for the cost of security travel during out-of-state campaign trips as he runs for the White House.

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Watchdog Podcast: Is there any accountability at the EPA?

By   /  August 21, 2015  /  Accountability, Commentary, Federal Government, Issues, National, Open Records, Power Abuse, State Government, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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In the aftermath of the EPA-caused catastrophe in Colorado, the Environmental Protection Agency’s top officials said they took “full responsibility” for the spill. What does that really mean?

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Christie appeal may postpone ‘harm’ past primaries

By   /  August 17, 2015  /  New Jersey, News, Open Records, Politics & Elections, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

Governor's Office/Tim Larsen

Choosing political ambition over transparency, Gov. Chris Christie plans to appeal a Superior Court decision that ordered him to reveal a key cog in his taxpayer-funded publicity machine – a multi-tiered, high-tech list of 2,500 media contacts.

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State Fair of Texas filed SLAPP suit to quash public’s right to query via open records, court rules

By   /  August 17, 2015  /  Open Records, Texas, Transparency  /  No Comments

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An action by the Texas State Fair helps assuage concerns over state open records laws.

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NJ Watchdog pursuit of public records strikes blow for transparency

By   /  August 13, 2015  /  Commentary, New Jersey, News, Open Records, Power Abuse, Transparency  /  No Comments

Governor's Office/Tim Larsen

The news media are buzzing about New Jersey Watchdog’s court battles with Chris Christie over public records. The investigative site was awarded access to a directory of press contacts Christie wants to protect for his own political use. But the governor is still allowed to hide $1 million in Amex bills his security team racked up in travel costs.

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