By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
Before the Bridgegate and Hoboken scandals, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration has been trying to duck a pension probe that implicates Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno.
Christie and Guadagno were inaugurated for a second term Tuesday.
GOOD TIMES: New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno is seen smiling during Tuesday’s prayer service in celebration of her inauguration with Gov. Chris Christie.
In its ongoing investigation that began in October 2010 – now dubbed “Doublegate” – New Jersey Watchdog has reported:
- As a county sheriff, Guadagno made false and contradictory statements that enabled her top aide to collect retirement checks in addition to public salary. The subterfuge cost a state pension fund $245,000.
- A state pension board asked authorities in May 2011 to begin a criminal investigation.
- Christie failed to appoint a special prosecutor to conduct the probe. Instead, a conflict-riddled investigation fell to the attorney general’s Division of Criminal Justice, where Guadagno had previously served as deputy director.
Thirty-two months later, the results of the probe remain a state secret. The Christie entourage has stonewalled inquiries, even refusing to acknowledge whether the investigation is ongoing or completed.
A New Jersey Watchdog reporter is suing DCJ for records in Mercer County Superior Court. State lawyers are arguing to keep all information about the probe confidential indefinitely.
For the complete story, here is a list with links to all 20 New Jersey Watchdog reports on Doublegate:
CONFLICTS & CONTROVERSY PLAGUE YEAR-OLD CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION OF LT. GOV. GUADAGNO & $245K PENSION SCAM Note: This story was republished by NBCNEWS.com at http://investigations.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/05/14/11690662-gov-christies-pension-issue-nj-probe-looks-at-running-mate-double-dipping?lite
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