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

Tim Larsen, Governor's Office

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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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

Governor's Office/Tim Larsen

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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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

Tim Larsen/Governor's Office

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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Celebrate Sunshine Week with New Jersey Watchdog

By   /  March 19, 2014  /  New Jersey, New Jersey Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

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 [...]

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Fox features NJ Watchdog’s double-dipping investigations

By   /  March 14, 2014  /  New Jersey, New Jersey Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

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=fbcolumnsblogs

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Before Bridgegate and Hoboken, a scandal Christie can’t shake

By   /  January 21, 2014  /  New Jersey, New Jersey Big Stories, New Jersey Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

 
Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
Long before the Bridgegate and Hoboken scandals, the Christie administration has been trying to escape a pension probe that implicates Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno.
In a continuing investigation that began in October 2010 — now dubbed “Doublegate” — New Jersey Watchdog has reported:

As a county sheriff, Guadagno made false and contradictory statements that enabled her top [...]

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