Christie’s YouTube moment backfires in court

By   /  May 28, 2015  /  Governor, investigations, New Jersey, News, Open Records, Power Abuse, State Government  /  No Comments

Governor's Office/Tim Larsen

A New Jersey judge is giving Gov. Chris Christie one more chance to explain why his office should not disclose nearly $1 million in American Express bills his state police protectors have charged to taxpayers.

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Gifts to Gov. Christie are not ‘gifts,’ rules NJ attorney general

By   /  May 21, 2015  /  Ethics, Governor, New Jersey, News, Power Abuse, State Government  /  No Comments

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In New Jersey, a gift is not a gift – particularly if you’re the governor and your subordinates interpret ethics rules in your favor. The bottom line, strange but true: Chris Christie does not have to report favors — such as football trips paid by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones — as gifts unless it can be shown he did something in exchange for them.

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State claims release of $1M in Amex bills would endanger Christie

By   /  May 19, 2015  /  Governor, New Jersey, News, Open Records, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

Governor's Office/Tim Larsen

Chris Christie’s lawyers say the governor’s safety will be risked if a New Jersey Watchdog lawsuit forces him to disclose how his security team charged nearly $1 million on state-issued American Express cards. Big expenses charged to the state have been a recurring theme lately for the New Jersey governor.

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Watchdog Podcasts: At The Races — Chris Christie spent $80K in taxpayer money at football games

By   /  May 13, 2015  /  New Jersey, New Jersey Watchdog, Podcast, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments

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In this episode, host Eric Boehm sits down with New Jersey Watchdog’s Mark Lagerkvist, who recently uncovered a big story about Gov. Chris Christie spending more than $80,000 on concessions at football games in 2010 and 2011. That’s a lot of nachos and beer.

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Christie buys $300K of food & booze with NJ expense account

By   /  May 11, 2015  /  New Jersey, News, Open Records, Power Abuse, State Government  /  No Comments

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Chris Christie’s expense account tells a story of appetite and ambition, one that pits government waste versus the New Jersey governor’s waistline.
Christie spent $360,000 from his state allowance during his five years in office. More than 80 percent of that money, or $300,000, was used to buy food, alcohol and desserts, according to a New Jersey Watchdog analysis of records released by the governor’s office.

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Bill to force Christie to disclose $95K expense account hits Assembly

By   /  May 7, 2015  /  New Jersey, News, Open Records  /  No Comments

Governor's Office/Tim Larsen

Two State Assembly members plan to introduce legislation today to require the governor to tell the public how he spends his $95,000 annual expense account. The allowance, which Gov. Chris Christie receives in addition to his $175,000 a year salary, is not subject to reporting under current state law. Last month, the governor’s office refused to release the expense records to New Jersey Watchdog.

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