One staple may cost New Jersey taxpayers more than $2 million.
Christopher Onesti collects a police disability pension for life because he stapled the ring finger of his non-shooting hand. State authorities ruled he is “totally and permanently disabled” – no longer able to handle a gun or perform duties as a New Jersey Transit cop.
A New Jersey court may force Gov. Chris Christie’s administration to reveal information about a hush-hush state pension probe involving Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and a quarter-million dollar double-dipping scheme.
Superior Court Judge Mary C. Jacobson ordered the attorney general’s Division of Criminal Justice to submit an index of its investigatory records for release to a [...]
Is a government’s record of how it keeps public records a public record?
Not in New Jersey, state officials claim. Especially if that record might prove embarrassing to the administration of Gov. Chris Christie.
The Treasury denied a New Jersey Watchdog reporter’s request for details on how its payroll and pension databases are kept. The indexes, known as record [...]
Double-dipping Sheriff Michael Saudino will ride again in Bergen County at taxpayers’ expense.
Armed with $100,000 in campaign cash, Saudino outgunned Democratic challenger James Mordaga at the polls last week. The victory assures the sheriff of nearly $268,000 a year from public coffers – $138,000 in county salary plus $129,984 from pension as retired Emerson Township police [...]
To no one’s surprise, Chris Christie was re-elected as New Jersey’s governor by a margin as wide as his girth.
In a powerful display of popularity by a Republican in a Blue State, Christie drew 60 percent of the early vote compared to 38 percent for Democratic Sen. Barbara Buono. He won in 20 of the state’s 21 counties.
As soon [...]
New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno – as Monmouth County sheriff in 2008 – made conflicting and misleading statements to enable her top aide to collect an $85,000 a year pension plus an $87,500 salary.
Now in the heat of a political campaign, Guadagno has broken a long silence. She claims her maneuvers benefited taxpayers.
“It saved [...]
Eighty percent of New Jersey’s county sheriffs are double-dippers. Next month’s election will do little, if anything, to change that fact.
A New Jersey Watchdog investigation found that 17 of the 21 sheriffs collect state pensions as law enforcement retirees in addition to their six-figure salaries. Their payrolls include 29 undersheriffs who are also double-dipping.
Overall, those 46 [...]
Should New Jersey officials be allowed to keep forever secret a criminal investigation on alleged corruption involving a prominent elected official?
Or does the public have a right to know what the state found – and how authorities handled a probe rife with conflicts of interest?
Those questions are at the heart of a court battle between [...]
In the final New Jersey gubernatorial debate, Sen. Barbara Buono needed the incumbent to act like “Bad Christie” – the bombastic, name-calling YouTube bully with the hot temper.
Instead, “Good Chris” showed up on stage at Montclair State University in Essex County. And with his appearance, Democrat Buono’s hope of overcoming GOP Gov. Chris Christie’s big lead [...]
For a fleeting minute, the sole debate between Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and challenger Milly Silva had the potential to be a game-changer.
When Silva was asked about New Jersey’s tradition of double-dipping by public officials, she had a golden opportunity to turn Guadagno’s worst nightmare turn into a televised reality.
The Democratic contender could have pointed to [...]