How some New Jersey officials try to keep public in the dark

We have the right to know what our government is up to. It's the law.

But public officials in New Jersey have been finding new ways to avoid complying with sunshine laws and open-government advocates fear this may have a chilling effect on holding the powerful accountable.

Among recent examples:

  • A Middlesex County judge earlier this year was forced to block release of dozens of police dash-cam videos requested by an activist after a panel of state judges ruled such videos are not public record. The decision contradicted years of precedent holding otherwise. Continue…