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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Highway robbery? Bill seeks probe of New Jersey road costs

By   /  March 9, 2015  /  New Jersey, News, State Budgets, transportation  /  No Comments

Courtesy of NJ Dept of Transportation

Why does New Jersey spend more on its highway system than any other state — $2 million per mile to build, repair and maintain its roads? On the heels of reports by New Jersey Watchdog, a state senator is introducing legislation today to create a task force to address that question.

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New Jersey reform plan won’t stop double-dips or $100,000 pensions

By   /  March 5, 2015  /  New Jersey, New Jersey Big Stories, News, Pensions, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments

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By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
Double-dipping public officials and retirees collecting $100,000 a year or more from New Jersey state pensions have little to fear from the sweeping reforms proposed by Gov. Chris Christie.
The blueprint drafted by the governor’s Pension and Health Benefit Study Commission promises to help the state retirement system escape a […]

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