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GOV. CHRISTIE’S CREW HELPS EX-LEGISLATOR DOUBLE HIS PENSION Investigative Report by Mark Lagerkvist

Larry Chatzidakis needed a favor from Gov. Chris Christie’s administration. Nearing his 62nd birthday, the former New Jersey assemblyman had never held a full-time public job. Based on his 11 years as a legislator plus other part-time government posts, Chatzidakis might qualify for a modest state pension of roughly $19,000 a year. Then a new executive position was created at the Motor ...
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Quick Bites

NJ WATCHDOG SALUTES REPORTER WHO RUNS OUTSIDE THE PACK

New Jersey Watchdog offers a big wag of the tail in honor of David Neese, a feisty journalist not afraid to raise hell. After 40-odd years as a reporter and editorial writer at The Trentonian, Neese joins the growing ranks of newspaper veterans who are out of work. “I’m being eased out the door as of Friday, the [...]Read More>>

JUDGE GIVES NJ ONE LAST CHANCE TO KEEP ‘DOUBLEGATE’ SECRETS Investigative Report by Mark Lagerkvist

A judge is giving the state’s Division of Criminal Justice one final chance to argue why an index of records from a hush-hush criminal investigation involving Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno should not be released to a New Jersey Watchdog reporter. “I frankly don’t see why it should be kept confidential,” said Judge Mary C. Jacobson during [...]Read More>>

WHO PAYS FOR CHRISTIE’S TRIPS? REPORTER SUES NJ FOR RECORDS Investigative Report by Mark Lagerkvist

Who really pays for Gov. Chris Christie’s frequent trips away from New Jersey? A New Jersey Watchdog reporter is suing the governor’s office in Mercer County Superior Court for records of third-parties who pay for the out-of-state trips taken by Christie and his senior staff. “There is the public interest in assessing just who is paying [...]Read More>>

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Barking Back

Mark Stradling

I worked with Dave at The Trentonian for almost 25 years. With this bonehead move, the ‘tonian has completed its transition to complete irrelevance. Read More>>

Phil Levin

The culprits here are not the bureaucrats and cops who are working while collecting pensions. Their labor contracts permit it, and they’d be nuts to turn it down. The real guilty parties are the corrupt crony politicians who fattened their champagne coffers (or took outright bribes) to create these schemes, and in so doing, threw [...]Read More>>

Gan Eagla

The Governor of New Jersey has access to a luxury, climate-controlled suite at Met Life Stadium. This luxury box (“the sweet suite”) is supposed to be used by the Governor for official entertainment, even though members of the Governor’s immediate family are often seen in that box. I made a OPRA request of the Governor’s [...]Read More>>

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