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 [...]
Despite a $52 billion public pension debt, the Democrat-controlled New Jersey Legislature has ruled out any new reforms to the state retirement system.
“If we stay the course the pension system will be fine,” said Senate President Steve Sweeney, D-Gloucester, in response to Gov. Chris Christie’s annual budget address. “It’s not going to bankrupt us.”
In contrast, Christie stressed [...]
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 [...]
What happens when a criminal investigation is used to conceal evidence rather than uncover the truth?
That question is at the heart of a New Jersey political drama as Gov. Chris Christie’s administration fights to keep secret all details of a pension probe implicating his second-in-command, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno.
As a county sheriff, Guadagno made false [...]
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 [...]
Inside Edition will be featuring New Jersey Watchdog’s investigative reporting in an episode that debuts Monday, February 10.
The syndicated TV news magazine’s story will focus on abuses of police disability pensions, including the cases of New Jersey retirees Joe Derrico, Christopher Onesti and Timothy Carroll.
In New York, the program will air 10:30 p.m. Monday on [...]
A state police bodyguard to Chris Christie is facing criminal charges in Pennsylvania — despite his attempt to use his ties with the New Jersey governor to avoid arrest.
Trooper William A. Carvounis, 35, is accused of stealing $267 in gun supplies and other goods from a Cabela’s store near Hamburg. His arraignment is scheduled for Feb. 10 in Berks County Court of [...]
New Jersey’s public pension crisis will soon hit the fan.
Chris Christie sounded the alarm near the end of his 2014 State of the State address. After speaking of plans to improve education, fight crime, expand health care, lower taxes and grow jobs, the New Jersey governor finally told the “hard truth.”
“We cannot afford to do [...]
Long before the Bridgegate and Hoboken scandals, the Christie administration has been trying to escape a pension probe that implicates Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno.
In a continuing investigation that began in October 2010 — now dubbed “Doublegate” – New Jersey Watchdog has reported:
As a county sheriff, Guadagno made false and contradictory statements that enabled her top aide to collect retirement checks in [...]
Is New Jersey fiscally sound? Or does the state government rank as the absolute worst in the nation?
It depends who you trust and believe.
“The state of the state is good, and getting better,” proclaimed Gov. Chris Christie in his State of the State address. “Four years ago, we were in the throes of economic crisis…By [...]