Monday, January 20, 2014

OPRA lawsuit against the Governor's Office.

On January 13, 2014, Clinton attorney Walter M. Luers filed an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) lawsuit on my behalf against the New Jersey Governor's Office.  The complaint, letter brief and other papers filed in Paff v. Office of the Governor, Docket No. MER-L-66-14 are on-line here.

At issue are the expenses incurred by Governor Christie and his staff during an April 2013 trip to Dallas, Texas for the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.  The Governor's office, citing a "reasonable expectation of privacy and security rise exemptions," withheld eight pages of "travel invoices" and two pages of "hotel invoices" and redacted portions of a "Corporate Card Reconciliation Summary," a "Corporate Purchasing Cardmember Report," and a "travel voucher."

The Governor's office did not identify what type of information was withheld, making it impossible to determine whether the redactions were lawful.  My letter to the Governor's office asking for an explanation of the nature of the withheld material was ignored.




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