By Mark Lagerkvist | | Apr 20, 2015 6:20 AM
As Chris Christie pursues his political fortunes outside New Jersey, state taxpayers were squeezed for nearly a half-million dollars last year to cover the travel costs of his security details. The travel expenses for the state police Executive Protection Unit rose to a record $196,006 for the fourth quarter.
By Mark Lagerkvist | | Apr 16, 2015 5:00 AM
  By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie defended his failure to report any of his $95,000 annual entertainment allowance on tax returns, arguing the money isn’t income because he has accounted for it. Just don’t ask him to make those records available to the public. Through his press secretary, Christie rejected New Jersey Watchdog’s [...]
By Mark Lagerkvist | | Apr 14, 2015 5:05 AM
Gov. Chris Christie failed to report as income or pay taxes on $380,000 in expense allowances he received from the state, according to a New Jersey Watchdog examination of Treasury data and the governor’s tax returns. By not declaring the allowances on their joint returns, Christie and his wife, Mary Pat, avoided roughly $152,000 in federal income taxes over four years.
By Mark Lagerkvist | | Apr 09, 2015 6:21 AM
As Chris Christie applies for a job in the White House, he may want to think twice about using his New Jersey employers as references. Fifty-four percent of registered voters give thumbs-down to Christie’s performance as governor, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton poll released today. And 60 percent believe the Garden State is on the wrong track.
By Mark Lagerkvist | | Apr 07, 2015 3:35 PM
With billions of dollars at stake, New Jersey's Supreme Court will decide whether Gov. Chris Christie illegally slashed a payment to the state pension system
By Mark Lagerkvist | | Apr 02, 2015 8:27 AM
While New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie prepares for a possible run for the White House, his already son has found a new gig. Andrew Christie, 21, scored a summer internship with the New York Mets, his father's favorite Major League Baseball team
By Mark Lagerkvist | | Mar 31, 2015 12:39 PM
All 80 seats in the New Jersey State Assembly are up for grabs this year, but voters will have few choices in the June 2 primary election. Only seven races will be contested, according to the list of candidates released by state election authorities at Monday evening’s filing deadline
By Eric Boehm | | Mar 30, 2015 11:08 AM
Part 36 of 36 in the series Nanny State of the Week By Eric Boehm | When New Jersey’s most devout residents head for the great Turnpike rest-stop in the sky, they can be memorialized with religious services, prayed over by religious men and women, buried in a religious manner and laid to rest on land [...]
By Kevin Glass | | Mar 27, 2015 10:14 AM
Democratic leaders at a summit of unique sponsors for criminal justice reform praised the work Republicans are doing on the issue.
By Mark Lagerkvist | | Mar 23, 2015 4:38 AM
As New Jersey looks to fix a state pension system that's billions in debt, Patrick J. Higgins and other double-dippers find new ways to squeeze it for every dollar they can. Higgins found a way to retire twice, so he'll start collecting two state pensions, totaling nearly $100,000 a year, instead of one. New Jersey Watchdog investigates loopholes in the state’s troubled retirement system, underfunded by $170 billion.