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Judge: NJ must disclose records in long dispute



TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey judge has ordered the state Treasury Department to hand over most of the documents requested by a blogger who is investigating the pension deal for a top assistant to Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno when she was the Monmouth County sheriff.

The ruling Tuesday does not mean Mark Lagerkvist will get the records now. There’s still another part of the case under consideration first, and then the state could appeal.

Lagerkvist, a reporter for the nonprofit news blog NJ Watchdog, has been looking into Guadagno’s 2008 hiring of former Prosecutor’s Office investigator Michael Donovan. Under the deal, he got a non-law enforcement title that allowed him to keep collecting an $85,000 state pension on top of his $87,500 salary.

Guadagno has said the move saved taxpayer money.