New York Press Club blasts Gov. Christie’s blacklist tactic

By   /  August 19, 2014  /  Ethics, New Jersey, New Jersey Watchdog, Open Records  /  No Comments

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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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No news for you! Gov. Christie ‘blacklists’ New Jersey Watchdog

By   /  August 18, 2014  /  Ethics, New Jersey, News, Open Records  /  No Comments

PLAYING RUFF -  Gov. Chris Christie tries to curb New Jersey Watchdog

By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
To fight selective government secrecy, New Jersey Watchdog is trying to obtain news releases from Gov. Chris Christie under the state public records law.
Christie’s staff has not responded to the news site’s requests to be added to the list of news outlets receiving press advisories, official announcements and daily schedules from [...]

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Christie’s ethics watchdogs fail to bark or bite

By   /  August 5, 2014  /  Commentary, New Jersey  /  No Comments

BIG TALK, NO WALK?  Gov. Chris Christie keeps his ethics watchdogs on a short leash.

When it comes to ethics, Chris Christie can talk the talk. But does the New Jersey governor walk the walk when his ethics watchdogs are actually lapdogs?

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Judge gives Christie a pass in travel records lawsuit

By   /  July 30, 2014  /  Ethics, New Jersey, Open Records  /  No Comments

FREE PASS: Gov. Chris Christie avoids disclosure on who pays for travel

By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
The question of whether Gov. Chris Christie must obey New Jersey state travel rules was left unanswered by a decision Tuesday in Mercer County Superior Court.
Judge Mary C. Jacobson dismissed a lawsuit by a New Jersey Watchdog reporter seeking records of who paid for Christie’s unofficial out-of-state trips. She [...]

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Dispute over Christie travel records takes trip to court

By   /  July 25, 2014  /  New Jersey, Open Records, State Government  /  No Comments

GOV RUNS, BUT CAN'T HIDE: Chris Christie can't duck travel records dispute

By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
Gov. Chris Christie’s lawyers won’t be allowed to escape a court date next week in a lawsuit brought by a New Jersey Watchdog reporter over records of the governor’s travel paid by outside organizations.
Judge Mary C. Jacobson denied the state’s request Thursday to reschedule or consolidate the case with other public [...]

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Will donors punish GOP outliers on election law?

By   /  July 17, 2014  /  Alabama, Elections, Indiana, Michigan, National, New Jersey, News, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Supreme Court, Vermont, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

DUE DILIGENCE: Rep. Charles Dent took "great pains to make certain that nothing would penalize states."

By Kenric Ward |
WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than two-thirds of the Republican co-sponsors of a controversial voter bill have gone silent.
They have good reason to lay low, says one election-law attorney.
U.S. Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., author of the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014, said he’s proud to work with the American Civil Liberties Union and [...]

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