To fight selective government secrecy, New Jersey Watchdog is trying to obtain news releases from Gov. Chris Christie under the state public records law.
Christie’s staff has not responded to the site’s requests to be added to the list of news outlets that receive press advisories, official announcements and daily schedules from the governor’s office. In contrast, New Jersey Watchdog is on the press lists for both the Republican and Democratic leaderships of the state Senate and Assembly.
The first Open Public Records Act request was submitted today. Under statute, the governor’s office has seven business days to respond. If the request is denied, New Jersey Watchdog can sue Christie in Superior Court for belated release of the news releases.