To celebrate Sunshine Week and promote open government, NJ Watchdog’s Mark Lagerkvist offers the following commentary:
To most people, I seem like a nice guy. But not in the eyes of politicians and custodians of public records across the State of New Jersey.
To them, I am Darth Vader, New Jersey Watchdog is the Death Star, and [...]
New Jersey Watchdog’s investigations of widespread double-dipping by public officials were featured in a column by Dunstan Prial for Fox Business Network. Check it out at http://www.foxbusiness.com/economy-policy/2014/03/13/double-dipping-pensioners-bleeding-nj-dry/?intcmp=fbcolumnsblogsRead More →
‘RETIRED’ SCHOOL CHIEF TEACHES NJ PENSION A $1.7 MILLION LESSON Investigative Report by Mark Lagerkvist
New Jersey taxpayers and lawmakers could learn a lesson on double-dipping from Robert Mahon, a retired school chief who never really quit working.
Mahon has collected $1.7 million in pension checks since he took early retirement in 1995 as superintendent of Ocean Township schools in Monmouth County.
Thanks to a loophole in pension law, retiree Mahon has [...]
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 he is repeating at town-hall [...]
Despite a $52 billion public pension debt, the Democrat-controlled New Jersey Legislature has ruled out any new reforms to the state retirement system.
“If we stay the course the pension system will be fine,” said Senate President Steve Sweeney, D-Gloucester, in response to Gov. Chris Christie’s annual budget address. “It’s not going to bankrupt us.”
In contrast, Christie stressed [...]
New Jersey’s $100K Club of retired public officials has ballooned by 75 percent in the last three years.
A total of 1,731 retirees collect $100,000 a year or more from state pensions – an increase of 739 pensioners since 2010, according to a New Jersey Watchdog analysis of Treasury data. They are the elite “1-percenters” among [...]