NJ corruption case undermines Christie claims as prosecutor
NJ corruption case undermines Christie claims as prosecutor
Mark Lagerkvist | November 12, 2015|   390
On the presidential campaign trail, Chris Christie boasts that he was a no-nonsense prosecutor above politics. But back in New Jersey, his administration has been trying to bury a corruption case involving Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, his second-in-command.
Appeals court orders release of NJ corruption probe records
Appeals court orders release of NJ corruption probe records
Mark Lagerkvist | November 12, 2015|   216
A New Jersey appeals court has ruled the state must release two confidential state records from a corruption probe involving Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno to New Jersey Watchdog. As New Jersey’s second-in-command, Guadagno frequently serves as acting governor when Chris Christie travels outside the state on presidential campaign trips.
Christie misses cut for prime-time GOP debate
Christie misses cut for prime-time GOP debate
Mark Lagerkvist | November 05, 2015|   247
Poor poll numbers will keep Chris Christie off the main stage for next Tuesday’s Republican presidential debate on Fox Business Network. The New Jersey governor missed the cut by one quarter of a percentage point. The exclusion could trigger a death spiral for Christie’s candidacy.
Election over, 16 New Jersey sheriffs still double-dip
Election over, 16 New Jersey sheriffs still double-dip
Mark Lagerkvist | November 05, 2015|   220
This week’s election did nothing to change the fact that three-fourths of New Jersey sheriffs are double-dippers.
Four GOP incumbents lose NJ Assembly seats as Christie watches
Four GOP incumbents lose NJ Assembly seats as Christie watches
Mark Lagerkvist | November 04, 2015|   462
Four incumbent Republicans lost their seats Tuesday as the Democrats gained their biggest majority in the New Jersey Assembly since 1979. Chris Christie's political coattails were virtually non-existent. The governor, busy running for president, did not make any public campaign appearances on behalf of GOP Assembly candidates.
Tuesday’s election won’t solve New Jersey’s fiscal woes
Tuesday’s election won’t solve New Jersey’s fiscal woes
Mark Lagerkvist | November 02, 2015|   25
New Jersey’s statewide election on Tuesday is unlikely to break the gridlock that threatens the state’s fiscal future. Despite the alarms, the results may be akin to rearranging deck furniture on the Titanic.
Camden voters must choose between double-dippers for sheriff
Camden voters must choose between double-dippers for sheriff
Mark Lagerkvist | October 26, 2015|   52
The next Camden County sheriff will be a double-dipper – and possibly a triple-dipper. Voters have no other choice in next week’s election.
Christie seeks comeback as campaign hits bottom
Christie seeks comeback as campaign hits bottom
Mark Lagerkvist | October 26, 2015|   154
It’s time for a reality check as Chris Christie prepares for the third GOP presidential debate on Wednesday. The New Jersey governor’s dream of winning the White House looks more like a delusion. He is low on campaign cash, far behind in the polls and struggling for a way to flip his fortunes.
NJ lawmakers run from $194 billion debt for employee benefits
NJ lawmakers run from $194 billion debt for employee benefits
Mark Lagerkvist | October 19, 2015|   84
With an election for New Jersey Assembly two weeks away, the numbers don’t look good for the fiscal reform desperately needed in Trenton. The staggering $194 billion debt for public employee pension and health benefits is seldom debated in the campaigns for the 80 Assembly seats up for grabs on Nov. 3.
Court examines state’s role in NJ public record requests
Court examines state’s role in NJ public record requests
Mark Lagerkvist | October 13, 2015|   79
Gov. Chris Christie and New Jersey Watchdog will battle in appeals court Thursday in a case that could change how the state cooperates with citizens who ask for public records.