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New Jersey judge says state wrongly denied records

Local News | Jul 22, 2014

New Jersey judge says state wrongly denied records

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey judge says Gov. Chris Christie’s administration was wrong to deny a man’s public records requests seeking copies of others’ requests.

Under Judge Mary Jacobson’s order issued Monday, the state has until Aug. 15 to hand over the documents to Harry Scheeler. The open-records activist filed suit with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Earlier this year, Scheeler requested copies of open records requests to Christie’s office and also asked for documents regarding the closure of lanes near the George Washington Bridge that the office had handed over in response to others’ requests.

The state argued that people who request government documents have a right to confidentiality.

Jacobson says that’s not the case.