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 [...]
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 [...]
A New Jersey State Police bodyguard to Gov. Chris Christie is getting off with a slap on the wrist – and no criminal record – in a Pennsylvania shoplifting case.
William Carvounis made national headlines two months ago when New Jersey Watchdog broke the story of his shoplifting spree at Cabela’s in Hamburg, PA.
The 36-year-old [...]
Which New Jersey state official receives the highest salary?
If you guessed Gov. Chris Christie, you’re not even close.
Christie’s $175,000 a year salary ranked only 251st among state employees last year, according to a New Jersey Watchdog analysis of Treasury payroll data.
Topping the list at $261,323 was James Weinstein, who stepped down last month as [...]
As Gov. Chris Christie proclaimed his exoneration in the Bridgegate scandal, he refused to discuss his lieutenant governor, Kim Guadagno.
“This is my press conference, not hers,” snapped Christie. A reporter who attempted a follow-up question was quickly interrupted.
The internal investigation commissioned by the governor had also cleared Guadagno of an allegation she threatened to withhold Superstorm [...]
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he wants to learn from Bridgegate. But in reality, he is teaching a lesson on how a skilled politician manipulates public opinion.
In the classroom of the real world, here is the syllabus for Christie’s new course in Surviving Scandal 101:
Investigate yourself – and announce the results before other investigations have [...]
With an income exceeding $225,000 last year, Cathy Coyle is the most expensive part-time temp in New Jersey state government.
The NJ Department of Education paid Coyle $151,862 last year as a “special services” employee. The retired Jersey City school executive also collects a $73,765 annual pension from the state.
Coyle is not alone. The state agency’s [...]
New Jersey taxpayers and lawmakers could learn a lesson on double-dipping from Robert Mahon, a retired school chief who never really quit working.
Mahon has collected $1.7 million in pension checks since he took early retirement in 1995 as superintendent of Ocean Township schools in Monmouth County.
Thanks to a loophole in pension law, retiree Mahon has [...]
An embattled Gov. Chris Christie is trying to regain his political mojo with a new campaign to reform New Jersey’s pension system and its $52 billion debt.
“This is the goal I will dedicate myself to in the remaining years of my governorship,” Christie proclaimed in his budget address. It’s a message he is repeating at town-hall [...]
New Jersey’s $100K Club of retired public officials has ballooned by 75 percent in the last three years.
A total of 1,731 retirees collect $100,000 a year or more from state pensions – an increase of 739 pensioners since 2010, according to a New Jersey Watchdog analysis of Treasury data. They are the elite “1-percenters” among [...]