Christie Administration Gives Silent Treatment to Requests for Information
Requests for public records that must be released according to law are regularly blocked or stalled by governor’s office, top officials and state agencies
- Credit: Governor's Office/Tim Larsen
If anyone ever makes a movie about Chris Christie and the scandals plaguing his second term, it just might turn out to be a silent film.
Access to information that the state government is required by law to make public has been severely restricted by Christie, his cabinet and state departments and agencies ranging from the NJ State Police, to the state treasurer, to those handling Sandy relief funds, to public records related to the Office of the Governor itself.
Reporter Matt Katz of New Jersey Public Radio and WNYC, partners of NJ Spotlight, lists 18 instances in which the public, the media and the even elected state representatives have been denied lawful access to public records or else had their requests stonewalled or stalled.