Podcast: Breaking the Bank – New Jersey’s growing pension woes

By   /  March 3, 2015  /  New Jersey, Pensions, Podcast, Podcasts, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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By Watchdog.org
Breaking The Piggy Bank is Watchdog.org’s weekly look at the national public pension crisis, how it is affecting state and city budgets and what can be done — if anything — to fix it.
In this week’s episode, host Eric Boehm is  joined by special guest Mark Lagerqvist, a reporter New Jersey Watchdog who covers New Jersey’s complicated […]

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NJ Watchdog sues Christie to disclose $800,000 in credit card records

By   /  March 2, 2015  /  New Jersey, News, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments

Governor's Office/Tim Larsen

A New Jersey Watchdog reporter is suing Gov. Chris Christie for records of nearly $800,000 in expenses charged to American Express credit cards for the travel costs of the governor’s state police security detail.

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How powerful are public employee unions in your state?

By   /  February 26, 2015  /  California, Connecticut, Labor, National, New Jersey, New York, News, Rhode Island  /  No Comments


More than half of the public employees in 13 states are union members, and government union membership rates exceed 25 percent in 27 states.

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Gov. Christie plays offense on New Jersey pension reforms

By   /  February 24, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Finances, New Jersey, Pensions, State Budgets  /  No Comments

Tim Larsen/Governor's Office

Backed into a fiscal corner, a defiant Gov. Chris Christie went on the offensive by proposing an ambitious reform to freeze existing New Jersey state pensions, create new replacement plans and eventually turn over control of the retirement system to labor unions of public workers.

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Court rules against New Jersey governor’s cuts to state pension contributions

By   /  February 24, 2015  /  New Jersey, News, Pensions  /  No Comments

Governor's Office/Tim Larsen

As Chris Christie rehearsed for today’s annual budget address, a state court changed his script by handling the New Jersey governor a major setback. Late yesterday, a judge ordered the state to restore $1.57 billion that Christie cut from this year’s pension contribution, a ruling likely to cause chaos with the state budget.

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New Jersey gas tax proposal stokes highway cost debate

By   /  February 24, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, New Jersey, News, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, transportation  /  No Comments

Tim Larsen/Governor's Office

While New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and state lawmakers consider a 25-cent a gallon gas tax hike to raise $2 billion a year to fund transportation projects, a war of words and statistics has erupted over the high cost of highways in the Garden State

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