Security camera footage OPRA case goes to NJ Supreme Court

On November 6, 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court agreed to hear Bloomfield Township’s (Essex County) appeal of a May 13, 2015 Appellate Division ruling that required the Township to provide an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) requestor with 14 Continue Reading →

Bloomfield officers convicted in ‘dashcam’ case

“Jeter’s lawyer sought the second dash camera video through an Open Public Records Act request… Based on the newly discovered video, the prosecutor’s office dismissed the charges against Jeter and opened an investigation into the officers that resulted in an Continue Reading →

NJFOG seeks changes in how ethics complaints are handled

PRESS RELEASE For immediate release On August 31, 2015, the New Jersey Foundation for Open Government, Inc. (NJFOG) submitted a formal Petition for Rulemaking to the Local Finance Board (LFB) within the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA). (The Continue Reading →

State Police refuses to release public records on troopers involved in Radazz Hearns shooting

NJFOG’s John Paff is quoted in this article about the secrecy surrounding records concerning the officers who shot Trenton juvenile Radazz Hearns. – NJFOG The Trentonian Oct. 27, 2015 By Isaac Avilucea (full article here, partially re-posted below) Looking to Continue Reading →

Amicus brief in the appeal of the Lyndhurst decision, which curtailed access to police records

Groups are lining up against the NJ Appellate Division’s Lyndhurst decision that made virtually all criminal records exempt under OPRA. The case is being appealed to the NJ Supreme Court.  Also see our post, “Fallout of the Appellate Division’s Lyndhurst Continue Reading →

The Record: Accountability

There are many non-profits that handle governmental functions, and NJ courts have already established the application of OPRA in certain circumstances. Here, a county-affiliated non-profit refuses to respond to OPRA requests. The non-profit’s history of missing IRS filings, which provide Continue Reading →

“Kane in Your Corner” reports on USB drive scandal in Belleville

News 12’s “Kane in Your Corner” features citizen activist Lee Dorry of Essex Watch for his work in uncovering the USB drive scandal involving a sitting Belleville Councilman. NJFOG congratulates Lee on this well-deserved recognition and welcomes him as the Continue Reading →