80 NJ Assembly seats up for grabs, yet few choices for voters

By   /  March 31, 2015  /  New Jersey, Politics & Elections, State Government  /  No Comments

Governor's Office/Tim Larsen

All 80 seats in the New Jersey State Assembly are up for grabs this year, but voters will have few choices in the June 2 primary election. Only seven races will be contested, according to the list of candidates released by state election authorities at Monday evening’s filing deadline

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Nanny of the Week: Christie caves to protectionist gravestone proposal in N.J.

By   /  March 30, 2015  /  New Jersey, News  /  No Comments

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Part 36 of 36 in the series Nanny State of the Week

By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org
When New Jersey’s most devout residents head for the great Turnpike rest-stop in the sky, they can be memorialized with religious services, prayed over by religious men and women, buried in a religious manner and laid to rest on land […]

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Conservative efforts draw applause at Criminal Justice Reform Summit

By   /  March 27, 2015  /  Kentucky, National, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, Watchdog Arena  /  No Comments

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Democratic leaders at a summit of unique sponsors for criminal justice reform praised the work Republicans are doing on the issue.

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After 16 years as double-dipper, New Jersey cop retires for second pension

By   /  March 23, 2015  /  New Jersey, News, Pensions  /  No Comments


As New Jersey looks to fix a state pension system that’s billions in debt, Patrick J. Higgins and other double-dippers find new ways to squeeze it for every dollar they can. Higgins found a way to retire twice, so he’ll start collecting two state pensions, totaling nearly $100,000 a year, instead of one. New Jersey Watchdog investigates loopholes in the state’s troubled retirement system, underfunded by $170 billion.

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Appeals court to weigh tactics in Christie records denial

By   /  March 16, 2015  /  Commentary, New Jersey, Transparency  /  No Comments

Governor's Office/Tim Larsen

Is it legal for government to be “sneaky” in responding to requests for public records? Or do public officials have a “duty of cooperation” to be fair with citizens? Those questions are at the heart of a case against Gov. Chris Christie and his staff that awaits a hearing in a New Jersey state appeals court.

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Report: New Jersey ranks worst in funding state pensions

By   /  March 12, 2015  /  New Jersey, News, Pensions, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments

Governor's office/Tim Larsen

New Jersey is the nation’s biggest pension deadbeat, ranking last among states in funding public retirement plans, according to a study released Thursday. From fiscal years 2001 to 2013, New Jersey paid only 38 percent of its annual required contributions

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