Disturbing signs from Sussex-Wantage board

This editorial concerns an unauthorized purchase that a board of education subsequently voted to pay for after initially voting against the purchase at a prior meeting.  The editorial raises important questions.  For instance, why are public documents that would answer simple questions, Continue Reading →

Oceanport police punt records destruction investigation to school lawyer

Prosecutor’s office declines to pursue charges against a records custodian, despite a certified statement by a subsequent custodian that the prior custodian destroyed public records without authorization. -NJFOG Nov. 25, 2015 by John Paff NJ Open Government Notes (John’s blog Continue Reading →

Does An OPRA Request Constitute Harassment?

PRESS RELEASE For immediate release November 24, 2015 Does An OPRA Request Constitute Harassment? On Friday, October 30, 2015, the New Jersey Foundation for Open Government (“NJFOG”) attended a hearing in Kaplan v. Kratovil at New Brunswick Family Court.  The Continue Reading →

Media companies begin appeal of N.J. public records ruling

UPDATE (9/10/2016):  See bottom of post. — The pivotal question of whether or not a public agency can respond to a request for records by neither confirming nor denying that they exist is before the NJ Appellate Division. -NJFOG NorthJersey.com Nov. Continue Reading →

Open-government activist pursues investigation of Cape May County sheriff

“The courts have held that once an investigation is closed, the government’s interest in confidentiality is less,” said Paff, who believes that the public has a right to know what an investigation is about, even if no charges are eventually Continue Reading →