NJ state lawmaker sex misconduct: no public records available

TRENTON – A backlash across the country against sexual misconduct by those in positions of power has resulted in dozens of state lawmakers being reprimanded or forced out of office. But in New Jersey, lawmakers said they had no publicly available records of any such claims or punishment over the past decade. The Associated Press…


New Jersey AG: Town halls and meetings with community groups and law enforcement will be held periodically

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal has announced an initiative to improve relations between the public and law enforcement, including meetings or town halls with community leaders, groups, and those in law enforcement to address concerns and issues. The initiative, called “The 21 County 21 Century Community Policing Project,” will include a minimum of…


N.J. regulators back disclosure of health insurers’ executive pay

Over protests from health insurers, the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance has decided that executive compensation at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield and Independence Health Group, which operates through AmeriHealth New Jersey, is public information and must be disclosed. Insurers’ “assertions of proprietary interests” regarding executive pay “are at times tenuous and ultimately…


Prisoner’s Wins Appellate Court seeking Department of Corrections federal funding log

A prisoner at the New Jersey State Prison in Trenton has won an Open Public Records Act case at the New Jersey Appellate Court division level that is also a victory for open government advocates. Prisoner Kevin Conley sought data generated by the New Jersey Department of Corrections regarding federal funding logs that is subject…


New Jersey county ordered to release details of generators used during Sandy

It may never publicly be revealed who from the Warren County jail took publicly-owned generators for personal use during Superstorm Sandy blackouts, but a court has ruled that the investigation into their actions is fair game.

Redacted records detailing the probe — but omitting the names of the accused or witnesses — should be released by the county, according to a New Jersey Appellate Division opinion released Wednesday.


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

From Watchdog.org: 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?


NJ Senate to vote on open public records bill this afternoon

From Planet Princeton:

(February 7, 2013) – The New Jersey Senate is slated to vote on changes to the State’s Open Public Records Act today that are supposed to provide citizens with more access to public records. But many open government advocates no longer support the bill because of a key change regarding legal fees. The New Jersey Press Association also opposes the legal fee change.


Judges: N.J.’s open public records law doesn’t apply to Port Authority

From NorthJersey.com:

A two-judge panel ruled Thursday that the New Jersey’s open public records law does not apply to the Port Authority. The appellate judges affirmed a trial judge’s decision that the state doesn’t have the right to unilaterally impose a law on a bistate agency that also serves New York.