CHRISTIE BODYGUARD WITH STICKY FINGERS GETS SLAP ON WRIST Report by Mark Lagerkvist

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 [...]

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40 STATE PART-TIME TEMPS COLLECT NEARLY $6 MILLION A YEAR Investigative Report by Mark Lagerkvist

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 [...]

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‘RETIRED’ SCHOOL CHIEF TEACHES NJ PENSION A $1.7 MILLION LESSON Investigative Report by Mark Lagerkvist

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 [...]

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‘$100K CLUB’ OF STATE RETIREES GROWS 75 PERCENT IN THREE YEARS Report by Mark Lagerkvist

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 [...]

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SECRETS SURFACE IN NJ PROBE IMPLICATING LT. GOV. GUADAGNO Investigative Report by Mark Lagerkvist

A pension probe implicating Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno is so secret the New Jersey attorney general’s office won’t share its findings with the state board that requested the criminal investigation.
As a result, trustees of the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System remain in the dark about the results of an investigation they referred in 2011 to [...]

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NJ TRANSIT COP SHOOTS FOR BIG DISABILITY PENSION — AND SCORES Investigative Report by Mark Lagerkvist

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.
Yet [...]

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COURT ORDERS STATE TO REVEAL PENSION PROBE SECRETS Investigative Report by Mark Lagerkvist

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 [...]

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NJ’S DOUBLE-DIPPING SHERIFFS RIDE AGAIN AFTER ELECTION WINS Investigative Report by Mark Lagerkvist

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 [...]

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HOW 18 DOUBLE-DIPPING NJ LAWMAKERS BLOCK PENSION REFORM Investigative Report by Mark Lagerkvist

Double-dipping by New Jersey public officials continues to thrive for one big reason: Too many legislators either directly profit or quietly condone a costly practice that drains untold millions from state pension funds.
New Jersey Watchdog found 18 state lawmakers who receive retirement checks totaling $782,000 a year in addition to their legislative salaries. The roster [...]

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STATE ‘REPOSSESSES’ DISABILITY PENSION FROM TV REPO COP Investigative Report by Mark Lagerkvist

Joe Derrico – the disabled New Jersey cop turned roughhousing repo man on reality TV – took a hard punch today from the state Police and Firemen’s Retirement System.
The PFRS board of trustees stripped Derrico of his $69,703 a year tax-free disability pension and declared him fit to return to work for the Hamilton Township [...]

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