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 [...]

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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 [...]

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POLL: GOV. CHRISTIE’S CREDIBILITY IS CASUALTY OF BRIDGEGATE Report by Mark Lagerkvist

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s credibility may be the biggest casualty of the Bridgegate scandal, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton public opinion poll.
Almost half, or 49 percent, of the registered voters surveyed said they do not at all believe Christie’s explanation about the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge. Only 23 percent fully believed the [...]

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IT’S CRAZY, BUT GOV. CHRISTIE’S BODYGUARD COULD GET $4M Analysis by Mark Lagerkvist

The state police career of Gov. Chris Christie’s shoplifting bodyguard may end soon, but the trooper could keep his hands deep in the pockets of New Jersey taxpayers for decades.
Believe it or not, William Carvounis could conceivably walk away with a tax-free state pension of $4 million or more.
It hinges on whether Carvounis files a [...]

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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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THESE ‘NUMBERS’ MIGHT FIX HIGH DEFICITS IN NEW JERSEY BUDGET Analysis by Mark Lagerkvist

If the Garden State turns to pot, would some of the state’s budget woes go up in smoke?
New Jersey is facing a budget shortfall of $526 million through July 2015, a reoccurring crisis that’s become an annual drama in Trenton.
“In the words of New Jersey Hall of Fame member Yogi Berra, ‘déjà vu all over [...]

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MOST NJ RESIDENTS STILL LIKE CHRISTIE, BUT DON’T TRUST HIM Report by Mark Lagerkvist

A majority of New Jerseyans still approve of Chris Christie. The problem is they don’t trust the governor.
Stemming a decline in his popularity since Bridgegate, Christie’s job rating increased one percentage point, according to a new Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll. Fifty-one percent of New Jersey residents approve of his performance in office, compared to [...]

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250 NJ OFFICIALS EARN MORE THAN CHRISTIE, BUT GOV GETS PERKS Report by Mark Lagerkvist

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 [...]

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CHRISTIE’S POLITICAL COMEBACK FACES ‘DOUBLEGATE’ CHALLENGE Investigative Report by Mark Lagerkvist

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 [...]

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GOV. CHRISTIE TEACHES POLITICAL LESSON ON SELF-EXONERATION Analysis by Mark Lagerkvist

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 [...]

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