Democratic leaders at a summit of unique sponsors for criminal justice reform praised the work Republicans are doing on the issue.Read More →
As New Jersey looks to fix a state pension system that’s billions in debt, Patrick J. Higgins and other double-dippers find new ways to squeeze it for every dollar they can. Higgins found a way to retire twice, so he’ll start collecting two state pensions, totaling nearly $100,000 a year, instead of one. New Jersey Watchdog investigates loopholes in the state’s troubled retirement system, underfunded by $170 billion.Read More →
Is it legal for government to be “sneaky” in responding to requests for public records? Or do public officials have a “duty of cooperation” to be fair with citizens? Those questions are at the heart of a case against Gov. Chris Christie and his staff that awaits a hearing in a New Jersey state appeals court.Read More →
New Jersey is the nation’s biggest pension deadbeat, ranking last among states in funding public retirement plans, according to a study released Thursday. From fiscal years 2001 to 2013, New Jersey paid only 38 percent of its annual required contributionsRead More →
Why does New Jersey spend more on its highway system than any other state — $2 million per mile to build, repair and maintain its roads? On the heels of reports by New Jersey Watchdog, a state senator is introducing legislation today to create a task force to address that question.Read More →
By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
Double-dipping public officials and retirees collecting $100,000 a year or more from New Jersey state pensions have little to fear from the sweeping reforms proposed by Gov. Chris Christie.
The blueprint drafted by the governor’s Pension and Health Benefit Study Commission promises to help the state retirement system escape a […]