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Mark J. Magyar

Christie’s Mastro Mistake: Report Backfires Politically, Legally
Mark J. Magyar | April 16, 2014 | Politics, Sandy
Memos bolster Zimmer allegations, provide roadmap for investigators, undermine credibility of Mastro report
Bridgegate Panel To Begin Calling Witnesses Next Month
Mark J. Magyar | April 15, 2014 | Politics
Wisniewski blasts participation of Christie friend in governor’s interview, release of Mastro memos raises more issues
An Inconvenient Truth: State Wipes Out Data on Christie, Corzine Rebates
Mark J. Magyar | April 11, 2014 | Budget
Open-government advocates criticize Christie administration for taking down data used to compare net property taxes
S&P Turns Thumb Down On Christie Budgets, Downgrades Bond Rating
Mark J. Magyar | April 10, 2014 | Budget
Credit agency criticizes overstated revenue estimates, retiree liabilities, high debt, and one-shot gimmicks that add to future budget woes
Ruling Hampers Probe Of Political Malfeasance In Governor’s Office
Mark J. Magyar | April 10, 2014 | Politics
Republicans seize on Stepien-Kelly victory to urge Bridgegate committee to stop investigating and start legislating
Much Ado About Nothing: No Tapes, Transcripts of Mastro Interviews
Mark J. Magyar | April 9, 2014 | Politics
Wisniewski: If Christie’s lawyers did not record interviews, report’s conclusions are just ‘hearsay’
Trouble Ahead: Christie’s Bridgegate Gamble Creates New Challenges
Mark J. Magyar | April 7, 2014 | Politics
Mastro report gives Christie political cover, but now legislative panel and federal grand jury will subpoena interviews with Christie, top aides
Christie’s Borrowing Binge Makes Transportation Trust Fund Run Dry
Mark J. Magyar | April 3, 2014 | Budget, Politics
Treasurer confirms TTF will run out of money for projects next year because of administration’s failure to keep pay-as-you-go promise
OLS: Even After Midyear Cuts, Christie's Still $526 Million Short
Mark J. Magyar | April 2, 2014 | Budget, Politics
Budget chairman questions retroactive pension cut, tobacco bond maneuver, and need to make cuts year after year
OLS: Even After Midyear Budget Cuts, Christie’s Still $526 Million Short
Mark J. Magyar | April 2, 2014 | Budget, Politics
Budget chairman questions retroactive pension cut, tobacco bond maneuver, and need to make cuts year after year
Shortfall forces retroactive pension cut, tobacco bond gimmick
Mark J. Magyar | April 1, 2014 | Budget, Politics
Moody’s says Christie administration’s reliance on short-term savings that add to future costs reflects budgetary weakness
Breaking Up PA Would Solve Christie's Transportation Trust Fund Problem
Mark J. Magyar | March 31, 2014 | Budget, Politics
Tapping Port Authority toll revenues would enable the governor to avoid racking up massive debt or raising the gas tax -- two bad moves during the 2016 presidential primaries
Mastro ‘Exoneration’ Lays Out Christie Presidential Comeback Strategy
Mark J. Magyar | March 28, 2014 | Politics
Governor’s lawyer attacks Zimmer’s honesty, portrays Kelly as unstable jilted lover, and takes Christie’s word over ‘crazy’ Wildstein
State Assembly Budget Panel To Question Governor Christie's Pension Cuts
Mark J. Magyar | March 27, 2014 | Budget, Politics
PBA president criticizes reduction in pension contributions to balance budgets, but Treasury touts Christie’s record $5.3 billion in pension payments
Mastro Releases Christie Administration’s Internal Report on Bridgegate
Mark J. Magyar | March 27, 2014 | Politics
Mastro report marks a step in the investigation, but by no means signals the end
Gov. Christie Retroactively Cuts State Pension Payment
Mark J. Magyar | March 25, 2014 | Budget, Politics
Governor’s fiscal maneuver helps plug current budget gap, but putting $900 million less into pensions over next four years will make unfunded liability worse
Analysis: The More You Earn, The Better Christie’s Property Tax Record Looks
Mark J. Magyar | March 21, 2014 | Politics
Property taxes rise half as much under Christie as Corzine, but those making under $150,000 pay more under Christie once rebates are deducted
Profile: The Policy Wonk Who Shaped New Jersey’s Transit System
Mark J. Magyar | March 19, 2014 | Transportation, Profiles
Martin Robins, who helped create NJ Transit, is still bitter over Christie’s cancellation of the ARC Tunnel
OLS: Christie Cannot Invoke ‘State of Emergency’ To Cut Pensions
Mark J. Magyar | March 17, 2014 | Budget, Politics
New Jersey and other states barred from declaring bankruptcy to escape pension debts, as Detroit did
Can Panel Compel Kelly, Stepien to Release Bridgegate Emails?
Mark J. Magyar | March 12, 2014 | Politics
Judge with extensive background in OPRA cases signals that legislative committee has stronger case in demanding emails from Kelly than from Stepien
Analysis: What's Wrong With Chris Christie's Government?
Mark J. Magyar | March 11, 2014 | Politics
Delays and errors in Sandy aid, NJ Transit woes are just the latest administration failures to come under legislative scrutiny
All the Governor's Prosecutors
Mark J. Magyar | March 11, 2014 |
With deep roots in the U.S. Attorney's office for New Jersey, Christie's top team lacks administrative and policy experience
Christie’s Quest To Tax Internet Sales Could Eventually Reap $300 Million
Mark J. Magyar | March 6, 2014 | Budget, Politics
Push to expand online sales tax collections pits Christie against most GOP presidential rivals
Samson Complaint Tests Independence Of Embattled Ethics Commission
Mark J. Magyar | March 4, 2014 | Politics
Labor-dominated coalition files four conflict of interest charges against Christie’s controversial Port Authority chairman
Analysis: Christie, Sweeney, and the Limits of Pension Reform
Mark J. Magyar | February 28, 2014 | Budget, Politics
Governor’s power to act is limited by the courts, Democratic opposition, and shortage of simple solutions
Analysis: Christie Offers No Tax Cut, But $205 Million In Veiled Tax Hikes
Mark J. Magyar | February 26, 2014 | Budget, Politics
Embattled governor arouses furor with call to renegotiate state’s pension obligation, but lack of specifics raises questions about Christie’s intent
Explainer: Why It’s So Hard to Project Next Year’s Tax Collections in NJ
Mark J. Magyar | February 25, 2014 | Budget, Explainer
And why it’s important for the state to try to accurately estimate revenues - -and how politics comes into play
Analysis: For Christie, Plugging $800 Million Current Budget Gap Is Key
Mark J. Magyar | February 24, 2014 | Budget, Politics
Politically weakened governor needs to fix this year’s budget if he hopes to convince Democrats that NJ can afford a modest tax cut
Transportation Experts Urge Bistate Blue-Ribbon Panel to Fix Port Authority
Mark J. Magyar | February 21, 2014 | Politics
Robins, Doig say Assembly GOP plan ignores lesson of Bridgegate by giving governors too much power
Analysis: With Holt Retiring, New Jersey Could Elect Two Women to Congress
Mark J. Magyar | February 19, 2014 | More Issues, Politics
Greenstein is early frontrunner for Holt seat with other women candidates eyeing the race; Belgard has real shot to succeed Runyan
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