Double-dipping tricks cost millions in NJ’s Essex County

By   /  August 31, 2015  /  New Jersey, New Jersey Big Stories, News, Pensions, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

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To find double-dippers in New Jersey’s Essex County, taxpayers only need look up. Three top county officials have pocketed more than $2.8 million in retirement pay in addition to their six-figure salaries.

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Three-fourths of NJ sheriffs double-dip, led by 25-year ‘retiree’

By   /  August 30, 2015  /  New Jersey, New Jersey Big Stories, News, Pensions  /  No Comments

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The Essex County sheriff has pocketed $1.35 million from a public pension without really retiring. A New Jersey Watchdog investigation found the sheriffs in 16 of the state’s 21 counties are double-dipping, collecting pensions plus six-figure salaries.

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

By   /  August 26, 2015  /  New Jersey, New Jersey Big Stories, 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, New Jersey Big Stories, 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, New Jersey Big Stories, 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, New Jersey Big Stories, New Jersey Featured, 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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