Pension probe: Does the public have a right to know, or will New Jersey authorities keep lieutenant governor’s secrets forever?

From Should New Jersey officials be allowed to keep forever secret a criminal investigation on alleged corruption involving a prominent elected official?

Or does the public have a right to know what the state found – and how authorities handled a probe rife with conflicts of interest?

Those questions are at the heart of a court battle between state Division of Criminal Justice and a New Jersey Watchdog reporter. At stake is the release of records likely to implicate Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno in a scheme that cost a public pension fund nearly a quarter-million dollars.

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