EDITORIAL: Open government a nuisance to Christie

Gov. Christie and his administration have pulled plenty of shameless stunts to protect Christie's image. Few though, have been as blatant as the decision earlier this year to delete public information about town-by-town property-tax rebates and net property-tax growth from the state Department of Community Affairs website.

The goal was to try to prevent meaningful comparisons of the full impact of tax policies between Christie and his gubernatorial predecessor, Jon Corzine.

Democratic legislators are fighting to restore that information to the site and make it readily available to the public. This week, the Assembly approved a bill to mandate just that. But expect most Republicans to do Christie's bidding by continuing to oppose public access after the inevitable veto comes. GOP legislators have yet to show the courage to override the governor on anything. Continue>>>