Criminal probe secrets center on Christie’s second-in-command

By   /  August 26, 2015  /  New Jersey, News, Open Records, Pensions, Power Abuse, State Government  /  No Comments

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The public’s right to know the outcome of a criminal probe of an alleged $245,000 pension fraud involving New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno will be debated next week in state appellate court. New Jersey Watchdog is appealing a lower court’s decision not to release the findings of an investigation by the state attorney general’s Division of Criminal Justice.

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Citizen groups sue Christie over campaign security costs

By   /  August 21, 2015  /  New Jersey, News, Open Records, Politics & Elections, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

Governor's Office/Tim Larsen

Three citizen groups are suing Chris Christie in an effort to stop the New Jersey governor from using state funds to pay for the cost of security travel during out-of-state campaign trips as he runs for the White House.

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Christie appeal may postpone ‘harm’ past primaries

By   /  August 17, 2015  /  New Jersey, News, Open Records, Politics & Elections, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

Governor's Office/Tim Larsen

Choosing political ambition over transparency, Gov. Chris Christie plans to appeal a Superior Court decision that ordered him to reveal a key cog in his taxpayer-funded publicity machine – a multi-tiered, high-tech list of 2,500 media contacts.

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NJ Watchdog pursuit of public records strikes blow for transparency

By   /  August 13, 2015  /  Commentary, New Jersey, News, Open Records, Power Abuse, Transparency  /  No Comments

Governor's Office/Tim Larsen

The news media are buzzing about New Jersey Watchdog’s court battles with Chris Christie over public records. The investigative site was awarded access to a directory of press contacts Christie wants to protect for his own political use. But the governor is still allowed to hide $1 million in Amex bills his security team racked up in travel costs.

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Court orders Christie to release his ‘valuable’ media list

By   /  August 10, 2015  /  New Jersey, News, Open Records, Politics & Elections, State Government  /  No Comments

Governor's Office/Tim Larsen

A New Jersey court is standing by its order to force Gov. Chris Christie to reveal a key cog in his taxpayer-funded publicity machine – a multi-tiered, high-tech list of 2,500 media contacts that helped turn the governor into a national figure and YouTube sensation.

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Court allows Christie to hide $1 million in Amex charges

By   /  August 9, 2015  /  New Jersey, News, Open Records, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments

Governor's Office/Tim Larsen

Based on secret evidence, a New Jersey court is allowing Gov. Chris Christie to hide American Express bills that show how his state police security team charged more than $1 million to pay for out-of-state travel.

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