EX-SECAUCUS MAYOR’S DAUGHTER SUES GOVERNOR CHRISTIE FOR HIDING CONTROVERSIAL STATE DOSSIERS LISTING MAYORS, POLITICAL ALLIES AND ENEMIES BY TOWN
DOSSIERS REFERENCED IN NEW YORK TIMES JANUARY 29, 2014 REPORT; WHAT IS THE GOVERNOR HIDING?
BRIDGEGATE THEMES OF ABUSE OF POWER, DUPLICITY AND VIOLATIONS OF STATE LAW CONTINUE UNABATED
Secaucus, NJ, March 18, 2014: The daughter of jailed former Secaucus mayor Dennis Elwell has sued the office of New Jersey governor Chris Christie under New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act to obtain potentially explosive “color coded” dossiers on the mayors, their political allies and opponents in at least 100 towns across the state.
Alexis Serringer, the daughter of former Mayor Elwell, filed suit Monday in New Jersey State Superior Court, Mercer County. The lawsuit, filed by noted New York investigative lawyer Eric Dixon, is available at docket number L-00563-14 and captioned as Serringer v. Office of the Governor of the State of New Jersey.
The dossiers, whose existence was first reported by the New York Times on January 29, 2014, were allegedly maintained by the Department of Intergovernmental Affairs within the Governor’s Office. The New York Times reported as follows:
“Staff members in the governor’s office created tabbed and color-coded dossiers on the mayors of each town — who their friends and enemies were, the policies and projects that were dear to them — that were bound in notebooks for the governor to review in his S.U.V. between events.”
According to Serringer’s lawyer Eric Dixon, this makes the dossiers “government records” which “must be produced” under state law.
“We all know the legal problems plaguing this Governor,” said Dixon, “but being under investigation does not relieve anyone — not even a former United States Attorney and potential presidential candidate — from the obligations to follow the law just like anyone else.”
“There is no excuse,” continued Dixon. “The dossiers must be produced. One of the most preeminent news organizations in human history, the New York Times, has built an entire story around these documents. The public is entitled to see these documents, without delay,” added Dixon, who recently successfully sued the City of Newark on behalf of the conservative magazine National Review to obtain police records about the Wazn Miller shooting and “he fell into my arms” claims made by then-Newark Mayor Cory Booker last fall.
“The dossier may indicate that the Governor made policy decisions based on detailed political considerations. Such issues warrant public disclosure and scrutiny from a free, disinterested and unimpeded press corps, particularly in light of recent allegations involving the Bridgegate scandal, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and federal funding for Hurricane Sandy relief,” said Dixon.
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