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Both Sides Of The Double Dip Debate

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Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno is under investigation for allegedly falsifying one of her aide’s job titles. When Guadagno was the Sheriff in Monmouth County, she hired Michael Donovan as Sheriff’s Officer Chief in charge of the Criminal Investigation Division. This has been the information on Guadagno’s organization chart and the Sheriff Office’s website. However, in other documents, such as paperwork that went to payroll and pension, Donovan was identified as Chief Warrant Officer, which is somebody in charge of serving warrants. This is a much lower position than that of Sheriff’s Officer Chief, but as a result, Donovan was getting both a pension and a paycheck at the same time due to this issue.

Editor of NJWatchdog.com, Mark Lagerkvist, has been covering this story for years, but there hasn’t been any updates. He says, “We first did this story initially in October 2010. And then a state pension board asked the Attorney General’s Office to investigate. That investigation began in May 2011. And since then, not a word.”

Lagerkvist believes that the reason for no movement in the investigation is the Division of Criminal Justice itself. He says, “The problem with the Division of Criminal Justice doing the investigation involving Guadagno is Guadagno used to be the Deputy Director of the Division of Criminal Justice. There’s a conflict of interest there.”

Even though the investigation is on Lt. Gov. Guadagno, people are wondering why Christie is even being mentioned in connection with this story. Lagerkvist says, “It’s a matter of judgment and character perhaps.” The Governor has made no comment on the investigation.

Due to the ongoing investigation, the documents have not been released to the public. Lagerkvist filed a lawsuit to get them out in the open. He’s currently asking the Mercer County Superior Court to release the documents.

Though the facts seem to be present on the NJWatchdog website, not everyone is so easily convinced. Democratic Strategist Steve Ayscue questioned the idea of journalism by citizens that are paid by the Koch Brothers. He thinks it may be part of a political agenda, and said “Let’s be honest here, they’re part of the Tea Party extremist agenda. I don’t know necessarily who they’re backing for President 2016, I don’t know. But I think that’s something they need to answer.”

Though this seems to be a very important case, there isn’t much news coverage on it. Ayscue worries that even though this news could be very troubling, he’s not sold on the source of the news. He questions where the mainstream media is on this story. He says, “I just find it odd that none of the mainstream press has really picked up on this and wrote about something of this magnitude. If it’s a serious issue, where have they been?”

Ayscue is not dismissing the case in the least. He’s just questioning their true motives in this. He says, “I’m not suggesting that they’re wrong, I just find it odd. When I got the email today it was about Christie even though he’s not the target of this investigation. I just found it kind of suspect in my opinion.”

Though it seems that the NJWatchdog’s motives may be questionable, no one is questioning the facts. The important thing is to analyze if the information is true and to determine if someone needs to be held accountable for this.

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