By Eric Boehm | | Jul 31, 2015 3:04 PM
In this week's episode, host Eric Boehm is joined by a roundtable of Watchdog reporters who have spent time covering four of the governors who are now running for the White House. Matt Kittle, Mark Lisheron, Mark Lagerkvist and Jason Hart share their perspectives on, respectively, Gov. Scott Walker, of Wisconsin; former Gov. Rick Perry, of Texas; Gov. Chris Christie, of New Jersey; and Gov. John Kasich, of Ohio.
By Mark Lagerkvist | | Jul 30, 2015 1:04 AM | 73
The federal government should rescue troubled state pension plans with billions of dollars in long-term loans, proposed New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney. The trillion-dollar question is whether it would save public pensions or sink them deeper in debt.
By Mark Lagerkvist | | Jul 28, 2015 3:09 PM | 205
As Donald Trump rises to the top of political polls among Republican candidates for president, the biggest loser may be Gov. Chris Christie in the crucial primary state of New Hampshire.
By Mark Lagerkvist | | Jul 27, 2015 5:00 AM | 2.3K
New Jersey’s three largest public pension plans are taking Gov. Chris Christie to court in a renewed effort to force the state to pay more than $4 billion in missed payments to retirement funds.
By Mark Lagerkvist | | Jul 16, 2015 1:00 AM | 201
State troopers guard Chris Christie as he travels the nation to run for president, yet no one seems able to protect the governor from his own choices.
By Mark Lagerkvist | | Jun 30, 2015 2:20 PM | 711
Chris Christie declared his candidacy for president Tuesday, promising America that he would “tell it like it is.” But his track record in New Jersey shows the governor has often gone to great lengths to hide the truth from taxpayers.
By Grayson Quay | | Jun 26, 2015 4:01 PM | 31
State Senator Richard Codey sees the residency requirement as a way to restore ties between police and firefighters and the communities they serve. The police and firefighter unions disagree.
By Mark Lagerkvist | | Jun 26, 2015 2:07 PM | 44
Preparing to run for the White House, Gov. Chris Christie polished his image as a tax-cutter Friday with a billion dollars’ worth of vetoes to the state budget passed by the New Jersey Legislature.
By Mark Lagerkvist | | Jun 25, 2015 10:09 PM | 391
Fresh from a failure to fix New Jersey’s pension system and its $170 billion deficit, Gov. Chris Christie is scheduled to formally announce his run for the White House next week. But first, Christie is expected to veto parts of a state budget that would restore $1.8 billion he cut from the state’s scheduled pension contribution. Then next Tuesday morning, Christie has a date to tell the world why he should be the next president.
By Mark Lagerkvist | | Jun 24, 2015 7:51 AM | 39
Unable to work together to reform an ailing state pension system that faces a $170 billion deficit, Gov. Chris Christie and the New Jersey Legislature are headed for state budget showdown in Trenton next week.