ACLU Challenges NJ Rules Barring Public Access to Police Info


The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey filed suit, contending the Attorney General's Office acted illegally when it adopted rules barring public access to records like State Police policies and trooper overtime, the Newark Star-Ledger reports. The ACLU asserting that the regulations violate the Open Public Records Act by exempting more information from disclosure than the Legislature intended when it passed the law a decade ago.

The rules, issued by former Attorney General Paula Dow, prevent the public from seeing the overtime records of troopers and other state law enforcement officers with the Department of Law and Public Safety on the ground the information might reveal their assignments. Three weeks after the rule's adoption, the Star-Ledger disclosed that a small group of State Police troopers overseeing construction work on the New Jersey Turnpike was earning considerable overtime pay, with many bolstering their salaries by 50 percent or more

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