Taxpayers beware! NJ debt nears $200 billion for benefits

By   /  September 14, 2015  /  New Jersey, New Jersey Big Stories, New Jersey Featured, News, Pensions, State Budgets  /  No Comments

Governor's Office/Tim Larsen

Guard your wallets, New Jersey taxpayers! The deficit in state pension and health benefit plans for public employees is fast approaching $200 billion. The unfunded liabilities have reached a staggering $194.5 billion, according to a New Jersey Watchdog analysis of State Treasury records

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Double-dipping tricks cost millions in NJ’s Essex County

By   /  August 31, 2015  /  New Jersey, New Jersey Big Stories, New Jersey Featured, News, Pensions, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

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To find double-dippers in New Jersey’s Essex County, taxpayers only need look up. Three top county officials have pocketed more than $2.8 million in retirement pay in addition to their six-figure salaries.

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Three-fourths of NJ sheriffs double-dip, led by 25-year ‘retiree’

By   /  August 30, 2015  /  New Jersey, New Jersey Big Stories, New Jersey Featured, News, Pensions  /  No Comments

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The Essex County sheriff has pocketed $1.35 million from a public pension without really retiring. A New Jersey Watchdog investigation found the sheriffs in 16 of the state’s 21 counties are double-dipping, collecting pensions plus six-figure salaries.

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

By   /  August 26, 2015  /  New Jersey, New Jersey Big Stories, New Jersey Featured, 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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NJ Watchdog pursuit of public records strikes blow for transparency

By   /  August 13, 2015  /  Commentary, New Jersey, New Jersey Big Stories, New Jersey Featured, 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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Court allows Christie to hide $1 million in Amex charges

By   /  August 9, 2015  /  New Jersey, New Jersey Big Stories, New Jersey Featured, News, Open Records, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments

Governor's Office/Tim Larsen

Based on secret evidence, a New Jersey court is allowing Gov. Chris Christie to hide American Express bills that show how his state police security team charged more than $1 million to pay for out-of-state travel.

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