Seeking release of documents, newspaper suing sports authority

The Star-Ledger has filed a lawsuit against the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA) in an effort to force the independent government agency to open certain contracts for public inspection.  The suit remains active on the docket of Superior Court Judge Claude Coleman in Essex County.

“We do not comment on specifics of pending cases but look forward to the full resolution of this matter,” said John Samerjan, an NJSEA spokesman.

The NJSEA has retained a North Jersey law firm with political connections to represent them.

The Star-Ledger has not reported their litigation against the state agency.

“The role of elected officials and custodian of records should be to find ways to release information, not to try to find ways to keep secrets,” said State Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck). “All of this is done with our money and information should be released.”

Last week, Gov. Christopher Christie announced that he was forming a commission to help him decide the future of the sports authority.  Senate Majority Leader Barbara Buono (D-Metuchen) also announced last week that the Legislative Oversight Committee, which she chairs, will hold a hearing later this month dealing with NJSEA issues.

Seeking release of documents, newspaper suing sports authority