NJ Court Upholds OPRA Denial Over Personnel Records
by Sheri Siegelbaum on May 13, 2013
The Appellate Division recently sided with the Office of the Governor in a dispute over records requested under the New Jersey Open Public Records Act (OPRA). North Jersey Media Group, doing business as The Record newspaper, had sought records related to hiring decisions at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to support a series of news stories alleging favoritism.
The OPRA request specifically sought:
1) Any document received, maintained, or sent by the Authorities Unit, from Jan. 1, 2010 to the present, that contains a recommendation or referral of potential job applicants or candidates for any position at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. This includes any lists of referrals, memos, letters, e-mails or any other record related to a referral for a Port Authority position. 2) Any document received, maintained, or sent by the Authorities Unit, from Jan. 1, 2010 to the present, that identifies the specific person who requested the recommendation or referral referenced in the previous request. 3) Any application, resume, cover letter or other document related to the qualifications of the potential candidate or applicant for any Port Authority position, received, maintained, or sent by the Authorities Unit from Jan. 1, 2010 to the present.
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