Christie withholds NJ credit card records on travel costs

By   /  January 20, 2015  /  New Jersey, News, Open Records  /  No Comments

Governor's Office/Tim Larsen

 
By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is refusing to release nearly $800,000 in American Express credit card bills for the travel costs of his state police security detail.
The governor’s staff rejected a New Jersey Watchdog reporter’s request for the monthly statements, contending releasing the records would jeopardize Christie’s safety.
The denial follows […]

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What the ‘Heck’? Christie punts on disability pension abuse

By   /  January 15, 2015  /  Fraud, New Jersey, Pensions, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

Governor's Office/Tim Larsen

 
By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
Proving that politics is “Heck,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ignored disability pension reform during his annual State of the State address.
At the center of the controversy is Adam J. Heck, who collects $110,000 in annual salary as associate legal counsel to the governor. He also receives $44,818 a […]

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Christie spins New Jersey’s $170 billion pension crisis

By   /  January 14, 2015  /  New Jersey, Pensions, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

Governor's Office/Mykwain Gainey

 
By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
As he prepares for a probable run for the White House, Gov. Chris Christie tried to revise embarrassing truths about New Jersey’s pension crisis Tuesday during his annual State of the State address.
“Right now the $90 billion unfunded liability for pensions and health benefits is three times the size of […]

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Big ticket: Cost to protect Gov. Christie rises 1,800 percent

By   /  January 11, 2015  /  Ethics, Finances, National, New Jersey, News, Open Records, Texas, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

AP photo

By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
No matter who paid for Chris Christie’s ticket to the Dallas Cowboys vs. Green Bay Packers football game on Sunday, the New Jersey governor ran up the score on taxpayers.
The travel costs of state police troopers assigned to protect the governor are 18 times higher than when Christie took office, […]

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NJ taxpayers penalized as Christie cheers for Cowboys

By   /  January 6, 2015  /  New Jersey, New Jersey Big Stories, News, Open Records, Politics & Elections, Texas, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

AP photo

 
 
By Mark Lagerkvist|New Jersey Watchdog
It’s no longer a secret that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s free rides to Dallas Cowboys football games are paid by team owner Jerry Jones. The real mystery is how much more the governor’s gridiron follies cost New Jersey taxpayers.
In the aftermath of the nationally televised appearance at Sunday’s NFL playoff game in […]

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COUNTDOWN! Worst People of 2014

By   /  December 26, 2014  /  National, New Jersey, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

Graphic by Paul Scheuer

In a year of videotaped beheadings, school shootings, Russian invasions and annexations of eastern Ukraine (or, as Valdimir Putin calls them, staycations), Ebola, deadly Mexican cops, deadly American cops, Bashar al-Assad’s readiness to kill his Syrian fellows, Kim Jong Un’s funny/creepy hack of Sony Pictures, the release of those emails revealing that (a) Sony Pictures executives are closet racists and (b) (when they pulled the offending comedy film that irritated KJU) public cowards — in a year like this one, we’re saying, it’s easy to overlook the myriad outrageous acts of your local government bureaucrats. We’re not saying all those in government service are evil, nor even many of them. But they’re out there, the bad or merely incompetent. Watchdog.org’s national network of reporters find them.

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