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.Read More →
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 [...]