In New Jersey, a gift is not a gift – particularly if you’re the governor and your subordinates interpret ethics rules in your favor. The bottom line, strange but true: Chris Christie does not have to report favors — such as football trips paid by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones — as gifts unless it can be shown he did something in exchange for them.Read More →
Chris Christie’s lawyers say the governor’s safety will be risked if a New Jersey Watchdog lawsuit forces him to disclose how his security team charged nearly $1 million on state-issued American Express cards. Big expenses charged to the state have been a recurring theme lately for the New Jersey governor.Read More →
In this episode, host Eric Boehm sits down with New Jersey Watchdog’s Mark Lagerkvist, who recently uncovered a big story about Gov. Chris Christie spending more than $80,000 on concessions at football games in 2010 and 2011. That’s a lot of nachos and beer.Read More →
Chris Christie’s expense account tells a story of appetite and ambition, one that pits government waste versus the New Jersey governor’s waistline.
Christie spent $360,000 from his state allowance during his five years in office. More than 80 percent of that money, or $300,000, was used to buy food, alcohol and desserts, according to a New Jersey Watchdog analysis of records released by the governor’s office.
Two State Assembly members plan to introduce legislation today to require the governor to tell the public how he spends his $95,000 annual expense account. The allowance, which Gov. Chris Christie receives in addition to his $175,000 a year salary, is not subject to reporting under current state law. Last month, the governor’s office refused to release the expense records to New Jersey Watchdog.Read More →
Thousands of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania workers helped pay union boss John Niccollai’s $573,299 salary last year, whether they knew it or not.Read More →