Judge gives Christie a pass in travel records lawsuit

By   /  July 30, 2014  /  Ethics, New Jersey, Open Records  /  No Comments

FREE PASS: Gov. Chris Christie avoids disclosure on who pays for travel

 
By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
The question of whether Gov. Chris Christie must obey New Jersey state travel rules was left unanswered by a decision Tuesday in Mercer County Superior Court.
Judge Mary C. Jacobson dismissed a lawsuit by a New Jersey Watchdog reporter seeking records of who paid for Christie’s unofficial out-of-state trips. She [...]

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Dispute over Christie travel records takes trip to court

By   /  July 25, 2014  /  New Jersey, Open Records, State Government  /  No Comments

GOV RUNS, BUT CAN'T HIDE: Chris Christie can't duck travel records dispute

 
 
By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
Gov. Chris Christie’s lawyers won’t be allowed to escape a court date next week in a lawsuit brought by a New Jersey Watchdog reporter over records of the governor’s travel paid by outside organizations.
Judge Mary C. Jacobson denied the state’s request Thursday to reschedule or consolidate the case with other public [...]

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Will donors punish GOP outliers on election law?

By   /  July 17, 2014  /  Alabama, Elections, Indiana, Michigan, National, New Jersey, News, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Supreme Court, Vermont, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

DUE DILIGENCE: Rep. Charles Dent took "great pains to make certain that nothing would penalize states."

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than two-thirds of the Republican co-sponsors of a controversial voter bill have gone silent.
They have good reason to lay low, says one election-law attorney.
U.S. Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., author of the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014, said he’s proud to work with the American Civil Liberties Union and [...]

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In New Jersey, a big chunk of your income goes to pay the state’s bills

By   /  July 16, 2014  /  New Jersey, News  /  No Comments

OUCH: Taxpayers  send an awful lot of their incomes to states just to pay the bills.

By L. Tierney | WatchdogWire.com
New Jersey’s new fiscal year began with a loan.
According to the state Treasury Department said that on July 1, New Jersey received a $2.6 billion loan from J.P. Morgan, the first day of the new state budget.
It’s common for states to take out bridge loans like this to manage cash flow. [...]

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Christie poses as action hero in NJ pension reform video

By   /  July 16, 2014  /  National, New Jersey, News, Pensions, State Government  /  No Comments

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: Chris Christie makes a cinematic effort to sell pension reform.

 
 
By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
With a dash of high drama, Chris Christie is taking a Hollywood approach to pension reform in New Jersey.
The governor’s latest YouTube video — “No Pain, No Gain” — is a send-up of a movie trailer for an action thriller based on the state’s fiscal conflicts. Interspersed with ominous sound bites [...]

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NJ Watchdog sues Christie for travel expense records

By   /  July 15, 2014  /  New Jersey, News, Open Records, State Government  /  No Comments

WHAT REFORM? Gov. Chris Christie tries to avoid public disclosure of his travel expenses

As Chris Christie eyes a run for the White House in 2016, he’s en route to becoming the most prolific traveler in the history of New Jersey governors.

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