Watchdog Podcast: Which governor-turned-presidential-candidate has the best shot?

By   /  July 31, 2015  /  Commentary, Federal Government, Issues, National, New Jersey, Ohio, Politics & Elections, State Government, Texas, Wisconsin  /  No Comments


In this week’s episode, host Eric Boehm is joined by a roundtable of Watchdog reporters who have spent time covering four of the governors who are now running for the White House. Matt Kittle, Mark Lisheron, Mark Lagerkvist and Jason Hart share their perspectives on, respectively, Gov. Scott Walker, of Wisconsin; former Gov. Rick Perry, of Texas; Gov. Chris Christie, of New Jersey; and Gov. John Kasich, of Ohio.

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New Jersey looking for feds to bailout state pensions

By   /  July 30, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, National, New Jersey, Pensions, State Government  /  No Comments

Governor's Office/Tim Larsen

The federal government should rescue troubled state pension plans with billions of dollars in long-term loans, proposed New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney. The trillion-dollar question is whether it would save public pensions or sink states deeper in debt.

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Christie presidential bid gets ‘Trumped’ in New Hampshire

By   /  July 28, 2015  /  New Hampshire, New Jersey, Politics, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments

Governor's Office/Tim Larsen

As Donald Trump rises to the top of political polls among Republican candidates for president, the biggest loser may be Gov. Chris Christie in the crucial primary state of New Hampshire.

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New Jersey pensions sue Christie for $4 billion in missed payments

By   /  July 27, 2015  /  New Jersey, Pensions  /  No Comments

Governor's Office/ Mykwain Gainey

New Jersey’s three largest public pension plans are taking Gov. Chris Christie to court in a renewed effort to force the state to pay more than $4 billion in missed payments to retirement funds.

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No one protects Gov. Christie from himself, despite costly security

By   /  July 16, 2015  /  New Jersey, Open Records, Politics, Politics & Elections, Transparency  /  No Comments

Governor's Office/Tim Larsen

State troopers guard Chris Christie as he travels the nation to run for president, yet no one seems able to protect the governor from his own choices.

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American patriotism is at 28 percent, study shows

By   /  July 3, 2015  /  Alaska, Arizona, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, National, New Jersey, New York, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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While Americans show their patriotism this weekend by flying Old Glory and watching fireworks, only 28 percent of the nation thinks the United States is the best place in the world to live, according to recent study.

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