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By Mark Lagerkvist | Watchdog.org | Jul 01, 2014 10:35 AM | 111
    By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog New Jersey’s budget mess is so bad a judge last week ruled it a “disaster.” It could be even worse in the new fiscal year that begins Tuesday.  At stake is a financial future of New Jersey, struggling under the weight of a $51-billion shortfall in the state retirement system. Gov. [...]
By Mark Lagerkvist | Watchdog.org | Jun 18, 2014 9:37 AM | 115
By Mark Lagerkvist │ New Jersey Watchdog Is Gov. Chris Christie above the state travel rules that govern all other New Jersey officials? That’s what the governor’s lawyers are arguing in response to a public records lawsuit filed by a New Jersey Watchdog reporter in Mercer County Superior Court.
By Mark Lagerkvist | Watchdog.org | Jun 09, 2014 1:11 PM
By Mark Lagerkvist Long before Bridgegate, Gov. Chris Christie and his administration have quietly tried to escape Doublegate — an alleged $245,000 pension fraud involving Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. New Jersey Watchdog revealed last week that an investigation by the attorney general’s Division of Criminal Justice was virtually non-existent, producing only a secret five-page report following a 13-month probe. Today, [...]
By Mark Lagerkvist | Watchdog.org | Jun 09, 2014 1:00 PM | 307
Long before Bridgegate, Gov. Chris Christie and his administration have quietly tried to escape Doublegate – an alleged $245,000 pension fraud involving Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. New Jersey Watchdog revealed last week that an investigation by the attorney general’s Division of Criminal Justice was virtually non-existent, producing only a secret five-page report following a 13-month probe. Today, NJ [...]
By Mark Lagerkvist | Watchdog.org | Jun 07, 2014 9:15 AM
How about this for an executive order. Any person collecting a pension from any of the funds administered by the Division of Pensions must suspend the payment of said pension if he/she is employed by any public sector employer or authority in the State of NJ and earns in excess of $20,000 per year. He/she will [...]
By Mark Lagerkvist | Watchdog.org | Jun 03, 2014 7:48 AM
The common denominator for this and every story of woe you can do on New Jersey all share the common denominator of corruption. And the corruption flourishes because there is no accountabity. There is no accountability because there are no uncorrupted official investigative/enforcement offices or agencies; none. The absence of such resources is the intended [...]
By Mark Lagerkvist | Watchdog.org | Jun 02, 2014 1:00 PM
    By Mark Lagerkvist The Christie administration hid a big secret about a hush-hush New Jersey criminal investigation involving Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and an alleged $245,000 pension fraud for the past three years. The secret: The state investigation was virtually nonexistent, according to records obtained by New Jersey Watchdog through a lawsuit and court order. Protected by a [...]
By Mark Lagerkvist | Watchdog.org | Jun 02, 2014 12:45 PM
JANUARY 2008 – Kim Guadagno takes office as Monmouth County sheriff following her election in November 2007. AUG. 21, 2008 – In a memo, Guadagno informs her staff that she is hiring Michael Donovan, a retired county prosecutor’s investigator, as her new “chief of the law enforcement.”  Donovan is subsequently identified as sheriff’s officer chief on [...]
By Mark Lagerkvist | Watchdog.org | Jun 02, 2014 12:45 PM | 176
The Christie Administration hid a big secret about a hush-hush New Jersey criminal investigation involving Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and an alleged $245,000 pension fraud for the past three years. The secret: The state investigation was virtually non-existent, according to records obtained by New Jersey Watchdog through a lawsuit and court order. Protected by a cloak of [...]
By Mark Lagerkvist | Watchdog.org | May 31, 2014 11:06 AM
A governor who can dip into or change a pension system is politics at it worst.  Our city has a city manager; governorships should be converted to figurehead roles with the operations of the state handled by professional managers. Part-timers on the prowl for a presidential run are not in the best interest of the [...]