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  • Bridgegate Fall Guy Was Inside Man

    The story "Bridgegate Fall Guy Was Inside Man" was selected from two years' worth of coverage by Andrea Bernstein and Matt Katz of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's Bridgegate scandal. Over the years Bernstein and Katz broke scores of stories about the widening scandal surrounding Christie and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. This story was selected both for the formidable reporting it required, the years of detailed knowledge the reporters drew on, and because it undercut a central tenet of Christie's defense -- that the scandal was organized by rogue employees who didn't keep him in the loop. http://www.wnyc.org/story/bridgegate-fall-guy-was-inside-man/
  • Christie exposed. How NJ Gov. Chris Christie has used his office to enrich friends while ignoring the state’s most pressing needs

    A series of investigations that shows how NJ Gov. Chris Christie and likely presidential candidate has used his office to promote himself at taxpayers expense, funnel lucrative contracts and work to insiders while ignoring the state's economy.
  • Public Money, Private Profits

    David Sirota's run of coverage in the International Business Times lays bare how hedge funds, private equity investors and other professional money managers have penetrated an enormous and lucrative frontier – the roughly $3 trillion worth of public pension systems run by cities and states. The deal-making that has delivered this state of affairs has been laced with conflicts of interest and ethics breaches. Sirota produced a blockbuster scoop showing how the head of New Jersey’s pension system, the former private equity executive Robert Grady, had been in direct contact with top political staff working for the reelection of Gov. Chris Christie just as major campaign contributions were pouring into Christie’s coffers from financial services companies with contracts to manage state pension funds – an apparent violation of state and federal pay-to-play laws.
  • Chris Christie, White House Ambitions and the Abuse of Power

    Chris Christie, White House Ambitions and the Abuse of Power is a series of reports on the exercise of power by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and his administration. The stories investigate his administration’s use of the busiest bridge in the world to take political revenge on a small-town mayor; the operation of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for the political and financial benefit of his administration and his friends and donors; and the use of federal Sandy aid to strong arm the mayor of Hoboken. These reports focused national attention on a leading Republican candidate in the 2016 presidential race. Plus, they established the narrative both for national and local coverage and for state and federal investigations of the administration. Most important, WNYC uncovered key information about the politicization of public entities by an elected official whose appeal to voters is based on the perception that he is above politics. Our submission for review by the IRE includes our most significant work on this story. Our reporting resulted in the forced resignation of Gov. Christie’s top man at the Port Authority, a bi-state agency that controls $8 billion in annual revenue raised largely from tolls and fares paid by commuters of this region. In addition, WNYC’s in-depth reports on the Port Authority prompted criminal investigations by the Manhattan District Attorney and the Securities and Exchange Commission into the misuse of Port Authority funds. It led the United States Attorney for New Jersey to widen its investigation into conflicts of interest by David Samson, the Port Authority Chair, and a close Christie ally. And the reporting has spurred the creation of a bi-state panel to reform the Port Authority, as well as reform measures in the New Jersey and New York Legislatures.
  • The Record: Investigating the Port Authority

    Shawn Boburg's reporting on the Port Authority resulted in two eye-opening stories that garnered international attention: one that revealed the hidden origins of a secret deal involving the naming rights of the World Trade Center; another that unraveled the true cause of a vindictive traffic jam orchestrated by Governor Chris Christie's loyalists and directed at one of his political enemies. Boburg found that the naming rights of the World Trade Center, one of the country's most iconic symbols, was sold in 1986 to a nonprofit that was run by a retiring Port Authority executive. Guy Tozzoli made millions of dollars from the deal, which went unnoticed for decades until Boburg's story prompted an investigation by the New York State Attorney General. Boburg also produced a series of investigative stories that challenged the official line about lane closures near the world's busiest bridge, eventually uncovering e-mails that linked the closures to the governor's office and forcing Christie to apologize and get rid of key advisors. Aside from a series of news breaks that kept the pressure on for months, Boburg was also the first to report on the e-mails that sent shockwaves through the Christie administration.
  • How NJ Transit Failed Sandy's Test

    On the weekend before Sandy thundered into New Jersey, transit officials studied a map showing bright green and orange blocks. On the map, the area where most New Jersey Transit trains were being stored showed up as orange – or dry. So keeping the trains in its centrally-located Meadows Maintenance Complex and the nearby Hoboken yards seemed prudent. And it might have been a good plan. Except the numbers New Jersey Transit used to create the map were wrong. If officials had entered the right numbers, they would have predicted what actually happened: a storm surge that engulfed hundreds of rail cars, some of them brand new, costing over $120 million in damage and thrusting the system’s passengers into months of frustrating delays. But the fate of NJ Transit’s trains – over a quarter of the agency’s fleet - didn’t just hang on one set of wrong inputs. It followed years of missed warnings, failures to plan, and lack of coordination under Governor Chris Christie, who has expressed ambivalence about preparing for climate change while repeatedly warning New Jerseyans not to underestimate the dangers of severe storms.
  • Bridge Flap

    Through a series of scoops, Ted Mann and Heather Haddon showed how a week-long traffic jam at the George Washington Bridge was put in place by allies of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in an apparent effort to punish a Democratic mayor who declined to endorse him for reelection.
  • Stronger Than The Storm

    NJ Gov. Chris Christie and his hand-picked appointees directed that $25 million of the federal superstorm Sandy rescue money be used in a TV advertising campaign that starred Christie during his reelection year. The Press found that the section committee paid a politically connected PR firm $2 million more in profits than the losing bidder - who said they would not put the governor in the TV commercials.
  • Bill in an Instant

    The American Legislative Exchange Council, better known as ALEC, got lots of attention last year because of the national backlash over its role in pushing “stand your ground” gun legislation. But the secretive ALEC’s main mission is to craft ready-made business-friendly bills for Statehouses across the nation, and it’s had lots of success in states with Republican governors and Legislatures. After a six-month investigation, Star-Ledger reporter Sal Rizzo found ALEC’s bills had reached New Jersey, where Republican Gov. Chris Christie gained a national reputation as a reform-minded chief executive. Rizzo found his biggest legislative proposals for teachers and charter schools -- as well as some budgetary and environmental policies -- appeared to have been drafted by ALEC. In some cases, passages in laws and executive orders matched ALEC model bills word-for-word. Rizzo’s project was groundbreaking, showing New Jersey’s connections for the first time, researching how ALEC operates and explaining concerns about how its influence is growing as it avoids disclosure requirements. From his report, readers learned how this is a new form of lobbying, invisible to the public and free of disclosure requirements.
  • "Barnegat Bay Under Stress"

    This series of stories investigates the gradual demise of Barnegat Bay, the "largest coastal estuary" in New Jersey. Reporters found that thousands of pounds of fertilizer and other "land-borne pollution" is flowing into the bay. The investigative series resulted in Gov. Chris Christie shutting down a nearby nuclear power plant and earmarking millions of dollars for "special environmental control funding."