By Mark Lagerkvist | | Jun 09, 2015 12:08 PM | 161
With billions of dollars and New Jersey’s fiscal future at stake, Gov. Chris Christie won a strange legal victory Tuesday when the State Supreme Court ruled that his pension reform of 2011 was unconstitutional.
By Mark Lagerkvist | | Jun 02, 2015 5:00 AM
Details of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s $82,000 spending spree at NFL games remain a mystery – despite a release of expense account receipts by the governor’s office. The governor’s office does not have documentation for more than $247,000 in expenses – two-thirds of the $360,000 Christie has spent from his state expense allowance since he took office in 2010, according to a New Jersey Watchdog analysis.
By Mark Lagerkvist | | May 28, 2015 8:23 PM
A New Jersey judge is giving Gov. Chris Christie one more chance to explain why his office should not disclose nearly $1 million in American Express bills his state police protectors have charged to taxpayers.
By Mark Lagerkvist | | May 21, 2015 12:31 PM
In New Jersey, a gift is not a gift – particularly if you’re the governor and your subordinates interpret ethics rules in your favor. The bottom line, strange but true: Chris Christie does not have to report favors -- such as football trips paid by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones -- as gifts unless it can be shown he did something in exchange for them.
By Mark Lagerkvist | | May 19, 2015 5:00 AM
Chris Christie’s lawyers say the governor's safety will be risked if a New Jersey Watchdog lawsuit forces him to disclose how his security team charged nearly $1 million on state-issued American Express cards. Big expenses charged to the state have been a recurring theme lately for the New Jersey governor.
By Eric Boehm | | May 13, 2015 3:14 PM
In this episode, host Eric Boehm sits down with New Jersey Watchdog's Mark Lagerkvist, who recently uncovered a big story about Gov. Chris Christie spending more than $80,000 on concessions at football games in 2010 and 2011. That's a lot of nachos and beer.
By Mark Lagerkvist | | May 11, 2015 5:01 AM
  By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog Chris Christie’s expense account tells a story of appetite and ambition, one that pits government waste versus the New Jersey governor’s waistline. Christie spent $360,000 from his state allowance during his five years in office. More than 80 percent of that money, or $300,000, was used to buy food, alcohol [...]
By Mark Lagerkvist | | May 07, 2015 10:32 AM
Two State Assembly members plan to introduce legislation today to require the governor to tell the public how he spends his $95,000 annual expense account. The allowance, which Gov. Chris Christie receives in addition to his $175,000 a year salary, is not subject to reporting under current state law. Last month, the governor’s office refused to release the expense records to New Jersey Watchdog.
By Jason Hart | | May 07, 2015 5:00 AM | 58
Thousands of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania workers helped pay union boss John Niccollai's $573,299 salary last year, whether they knew it or not.
By Mark Lagerkvist | | May 06, 2015 9:54 AM | 68
If Chris Christie decides to run for president, the New Jersey governor probably shouldn’t count on much support from his home state. Few Garden State voters believe Christie has the right temperament to lead the nation – and they would rather see Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush or Scott Walker in the Oval Office than their own governor, according to a Monmouth University poll released today.