The most recent articles on PolitiFact New Jersey

Bridgegate: Were Fort Lee students 'children of Buono voters'?

As news linked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's office to the George Washington Bridge lane closures in Fort Lee, we wondered about a text message then-Port Authority employee David Wildstein sent.

Christie, Buono claims go up against Truth-O-Meter

PolitiFact New Jersey looks back at some of the 19 gubernatorial campaign claims made by Gov. Chris Christie and Barbara Buono

On Senate election day, the Truth-O-Meter reviews Booker, Lonegan claims

From the financial fate of the national Social Security system to crime in Newark, PolitiFact New Jersey looks back at eight of the more than 20 claims made by Democrat Cory Booker and Republican Steve Lonegan.

PolitiFact New Jersey remembers solemn anniversary

The Truth-O-Meter has tested claims about population growth in lower Manhattan, congressional oversight of the Department of Homeland Security, and whether the 9/11 hijackers had New Jersey driver's licenses.

Frank Lautenberg claims recalled by Truth-O-Meter

U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) went up against the Truth-O-Meter eight times on topics ranging from Amtrak funding to national healthcare and gun-control measures

Gov. Chris Christie claims Scooby-Doo was his favorite show when he was 4 years old

Governor and 4-year-old boy discuss cartoons at Branchburg town hall meeting

Chris Christie's budget address included claims familiar to the Truth-O-Meter

Speech referenced handful of past claims, from the existence of a $13 billion deficit to where New Jersey ranks nationally in institutionalizing the mentally ill

Frank Lautenberg versus the Truth-O-Meter: A look back

New Jersey's senior senator announced Thursday that he would not seek re-election to a sixth term in 2014

Obama praised, criticized in fact-checks on the Truth-O-Meter

As President Barack Obama takes the stage for his ceremonial inauguration, we’re revisiting claims made about the president by chain e-mails and politicians in the Garden State

Truth-O-Meter has checked gun claims by NJ Democrats

PolitiFact New Jersey looks back at fact-checks on claims related to gun laws and violence

Cory Booker files paperwork for U.S. Senate; how's he done against the Truth-O-Meter?

Cory Booker has filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission that marks a first step toward his running for Frank Lautenberg's Senate seat in 2014.

Happy New Year! PolitiFact New Jersey looks back on 2012 fact-checks, and ahead to the politics of 2013

From campaign-related claims to statements about tax cuts and job growth, PolitiFact New Jersey put the Truth-O-Meter to work

Booker vs. the Truth-O-Meter

We look back at how Newark's mayor has done on claims ranging from crime to health care.

Truth-O-Meter hands down mixed results on gun claims

In the wake of the Newtown, Conn., mass shootings, PolitiFact New Jersey looks back at past gun claims made by some members of the New Jersey congressional delegation.

Sen. Barbara Buono claims versus the Truth-O-Meter: Mostly True, Mostly False

The state senator from Middlesex County has had mixed results on claims about job gains, unemployment benefits and poverty

Wisniewski, Buono claims checked on Truth-O-Meter

Statements vetted about approval ratings for President George H. W. Bush, the nation's poverty level

Truth-O-Meter checks claims about Sandy's wrath on Atlantic City, role of Latino vote in presidential election

Democratic Sens. Frank Lautenberg, Bob Menendez go up against Truth-O-Meter

New Jersey tax, lottery revenues focus of weekend rulings on Truth-O-Meter

Claims by Gov. Chris Christie, Big Gamble NJ campaign checked.

Chris Christie, Bob Menendez claims go to Truth-O-Meter

Governor claim rates a Pants on Fire, senator's statement handed a Half True.

Menendez defeats Kyrillos for U.S. Senate, House incumbents sail to victory

From U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez to New Jersey's sitting congressmen, incumbents soundly fended off their challengers in Tuesday's election

An update for our readers

We're cranking up the Truth-O-Meter again!

PolitiFact New Jersey’s Guide to Voting on Election Day

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, New Jerseyans are set to cast their ballots at alternate polling places and via e-mail or fax

Truth-O-Meter looks back at some claims for candidates seeking U.S. House seats

How did claims by Jon Runyan, Shelley Adler, Leonard Lance and Upendra Chivukula do on the Truth-O-Meter?

Bob Menendez, Joe Kyrillos debate claims revisited on Truth-O-Meter

With New Jersey's U.S. Senate seat up for grabs Tuesday, PolitiFact New Jersey looks back at claims on health care, taxes and debt.

Storm, mitigation claims checked by Truth-O-Meters

A look back at claims about Tropical Storm Irene, role of FEMA funding after natural disasters

Truth-O-Meter checks claims on deficit, NJ property taxes

Rep. Leonard Lance says President Obama broke promise on cutting deficit, Chris Christie claims property taxes spiked in decade before becoming governor

In Context: Menendez and ‘absolutely’

Two videos from the U.S. Senate campaign of Republican Joe Kyrillos distort remarks U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, a Democrat, made during a recent debate.

More Menendez, Kyrillos claims tested on Truth-O-Meter

The Truth-O-Meter finds accuracy issues in claims about passage of a budget in the U.S. Senate, who's voted against hiking New Jersey's minimum wage.

In Context: “Government’s the only thing that we all belong to”

Gov. Chris Christie has joined other GOP leaders in blasting a statement from a video played during the Democratic National Convention

Robert Menendez, Joe Kyrillos claims tested on Truth-O-Meter

U.S. Senate candidates talked taxes, health care and economy during recent debate at Montclair State University

Truth-O-Meter checks items on Menendez support of taxes; 1980 Reagan, Carter race

Claims center on Sen. Bob Menendez's support of tax increases; whether Ronald Reagan really trailed Jimmy Carter in 1980 presidential polls

Truth-O-Meter tackles Democrats' claims on illegal immigration, Jersey tax cuts

Accuracy issues topple claims by U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews, state Assemblyman John Burzichelli

Truth-O-Meter checks claims on Medicare costs, support of tax hike on home sales

Truth-O-Meter finds accuracy issues with claims made by Shelley Adler, "Menendez Facts" blog

Cory Booker, Upendra Chivukula make claims about GOP plans on campaign finance, Medicare

Weekend Truth-O-Meter rulings look at difference in party platforms about campaign finance rules, whether Medicare would switch to a voucher system

Cory Booker slams Chris Christie with familiar attack over health care funding cut

The Democratic mayor of Newark revived an argument previously tested against the Truth-O-Meter: state funding cuts for family planning services.

Chris Christie focus of weekend Truth-O-Meter rulings

Sen. Barbara Buono claims the governor has demanded tax cuts the state can't afford; Christie touts his leadership in endorsing Mitt Romney

Fact-checking Gov. Chris Christie on health care

PolitiFact New Jersey digs into two claims about the nation's health care system that Gov. Chris Christie made during his keynote speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

Fact-checking Chris Christie's keynote speech

PolitiFact tested three claims made by Gov. Chris Christie during his keynote address at the Republican National Convention

Chris Christie’s keynote address to highlight New Jersey accomplishments

As the governor prepares to talk up the Garden State in his keynote address tonight, PolitiFact New Jersey revisits his claims touting New Jersey’s progress during his tenure

New Jersey Comeback scorecard looks at 4 economic indicators

Truth-O-Meter also reviewed Joe Kyrillos claim about U.S. corporate tax rates

Chris Christie's "Comeback" scorecard

Has a "Jersey comeback" really begun? Gov. Chris Christie says he won't utter those words in his keynote address,  but the governor will nonetheless tout his record in the state, including his stewardship of the economy. Here's a scorecard with just the facts.

Chris Christie, Republicans face Truth-O-Meter for attacking Jon Corzine, House Democrats

PolitiFact New Jersey recaps our weekend fact-checks on Gov. Chris Christie and the National Republican Congressional Committee

Chris Christie named keynote speaker at GOP convention

With the New Jersey governor getting a primetime slot later this month in Tampa, Fla., here’s a roundup of Christie’s claims about Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama.

Claims about Romney tax plan, Pallone election contest tested on the Truth-O-Meter

New Jersey Democrats claim a study found that Romney's plan would hike middle-class taxes to fund a tax cut for the rich; Anna Little says she "made history" in 2010 by nearly defeating Frank Pallone.

Fact-checking Democratic lawmakers’ claims on guns and gun violence in wake of deadly mass shootings

Firearms became the focus of many New Jersey politicians following two mass shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin. Here’s a roundup of Truth-O-Meter rulings on gun-related statements.

Truth-O-Meter checks claims about tax cuts for millionaires, number of gun deaths in U.S.

New ad from Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee targets Jon Runyan, other House GOP members; Sen. Frank Lautenberg compares deaths by gunfire in US to those on Middle Eastern battlefields

Truth-O-Meter tests claims on Chris Christie's role in pension funding, job creation

Weekend claims target NJ governor's efforts in both areas.

Truth-O-Meter rules on weekend claims by Democratic congressman, GOP governor

Bill Pascrell claims President Barack Obama hasn't raised taxes, Chris Christie says using line-item vetoes slashed $360 million from New Jersey's budget.

Joe Kyrillos, Chris Christie claims rate False on Truth-O-Meter

U.S. Senate hopeful, governor cite wrong statistics in claims about national job creation, number of state employees.

Do dog catchers have to release their tax returns?

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said Mitt Romney "couldn’t be confirmed as a dog catcher" because he has refused to release multiple years of tax returns. Our colleagues at checked the requirements for dog catchers and others in government.

Christie, Sweeney claims about taxes, teacher tenure tested on Truth-O-Meter

Gov. Chris Christie claims Sen. Paul Sarlo voted to raise income taxes after stating the budget would contain no new taxes; Senate President Stephen Sweeney says tenure has been modernized in New Jersey.

Chris Christie trots out PolitiFact-tested claims in think tank appearance

In an appearance at the Brookings Institution, the governor repeated claims previously tested on the Truth-O-Meter, including statements on tax hikes, job growth and Medicaid spending

PolitiFact New Jersey tests claims on employment rate, college tuition

A Democratic congressman and a Republican state Senator faced the Truth-O-Meter this weekend.

Chris Christie cites his accomplishments, criticizes Democrats in new radio ad

PolitiFact New Jersey checks out a few of the claims the governor makes in a new radio spot.

High Court Hands Down Ruling on Health Care Law

Following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act, PolitiFact New Jersey reflects on fact-checks about the law.

Truth-O-Meter hits both political parties with a False

Truth-O-Meter shoots down claims about New Jersey job growth, size of state budget.

Menendez, Kyrillos trade flawed criticism of each other's record

PolitiFact New Jersey recently tested campaign claims from U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and his Republican challenger, state Sen. Joe Kyrillos. Both statements fared poorly on the Truth-O-Meter.

Chris Christie continues touting Jersey job creation

As governor announces latest job-growth numbers, the Truth-O-Meter looks back at past claims on the same topic.

Gov. Chris Christie kicks off new year of fact-checks for PolitiFact New Jersey

New Jersey's governor ended the Truth-O-Meter's first year with 39 claims checked for accuracy.

When it comes to the truth, New Jersey's Dems, GOP share unique bond

Against the Truth-O-Meter, both political parties fare about the same.

No, that's not what the Truth-O-Meter said

As the campaign heats up, candidates and political groups are incorrectly describing our ratings. We put their claims about the Truth-O-Meter to the Truth-O-Meter.

Bill Pascrell soundly defeats Steve Rothman in House primary

Pascrell beat Rothman by more than 20 points for the Democratic nomination in the 9th Congressional District

Sorting fact from fiction on Election Day

PolitiFact New Jersey revisits claims made in races for two House seats and a U.S. Senate seat

Truth-O-Meter rules on claims about growth in U.S. debt, women's unemployment

Claims by Republicans Frelinghuysen, Casagrande checked.

Flip-O-Meter, Truth-O-Meter rule on Christie, Booker statements

Claims about transportation financing, Obama's level of federal spending checked.

PolitiFact New Jersey revisits claims on veterans, missing service members

As Americans recognize Memorial Day, we're reviewing related fact-checks put to the Truth-O-Meter

Truth-O-Meter tests claims by Jon Runyan, Cory Booker

Runyan gets a False, Booker a True, on their claims about solvency of Medicare, percentage of blacks incarcerated in New Jersey.

In context: Cory Booker and the 'nauseating' ads

Newark Mayor Cory Booker touched off a kerfuffle when he criticized the Obama campaign for hammering Mitt Romney over his record at Bain Capital. Booker's video response was interpreted as a backtrack. But how much did he really backtrack?

Pro-Christie ad highlights balanced budgets as part of “reform movement”

But PolitiFact New Jersey found that balancing the state budget is a requirement under the state constitution

2 Democrats fare poorly in weekend claims checked against the Truth-O-Meter

Claims about job loss, support of tax cuts for wealthy earn Mostly False, Pants on Fire rulings

Rep. Bill Pascrell mixes up rulings against Rep. Steve Rothman

A news release and an e-mail from Pascrell's campaign labeled one of our rulings as False, when the actual verdict was Mostly False

In Context: Rep. Bill Pascrell discusses health care reform, not tax cuts, on ‘Hardball’

Rep. Steve Rothman used a clip of the interview to suggest Pascrell admitted supporting "more tax cuts for the rich"

Obama announces support for gay marriage

With the president's announcement, PolitiFact New Jersey revisits fact checks on gay marriage

Republicans, Democrats hope to break with 40 years of election history

New Jersey voters haven't sent a Republican to the U.S. Senate or a Democratic woman to the House of Representatives in nearly four decades.

Truth-O-Meter rates claims from both political parties Mostly False

Attack claims from Democrats, Republicans against opposing party are less than accurate.

Truth-O-Meter vets candidates' claims on taxes

PolitiFact New Jersey checks statements from candidates for Congress.

Star-Ledger wins award for launch of Truth-O-Meter

PolitiFact New Jersey's arrival in the Garden State earns a press association honor.

PolitiFact and MTV team up for fantasy politics game

MTV will be using our Truth-O-Meter ratings to help power its new game, "Fantasy Politics '12." Players will gain or lose points based on the ratings candidates earn from PolitiFact.

Truth-O-Meter hands out False, True rulings on weekend claims

Claims checked about location of Mason-Dixon Line, cost of tolls to New York versus New Jersey income taxes.

Cory Booker says Newark led nation in reducing shootings, murders during his first mayoral term

The Brick City did see reductions in both crimes during that time, but did it lead the nation? PolitiFact New Jersey isn't so sure.

Pants on Fire, Half True rulings issued on weekend Truth-O-Meter claims

Claims about a gas boycott, impact of no income tax on job growth reviewed.

Dems, GOP each get a Mostly False from the Truth-O-Meter

Weekend claims about Medicaid funding, state budget revenue sources contain a hint of truth.

Christie claim about union dues for nonmembers of NJEA garners more than 100 comments

Readers debate rationale behind governor raising issue of union fees for non NJEA members.

Truth-O-Meter rates False weekend claims by Rep. Frank LoBiondo, NJGOP

Claims about the real cost of the federal health care plan, who gets the credit for New Jersey having a low risk of corruption go up against the Truth-O-Meter.

On the campaign trail: PolitiFact New Jersey digs into Pascrell-Rothman battle

With their race heating up, U.S. Reps. Bill Pascrell and Steve Rothman have come before the Truth-O-Meter for claims on the auto bailout, health care reform, small businesses and income tax rates

On third day of Supreme Court hearings, PolitiFact New Jersey revisits health care reform fact-checks

Garden State politicians have landed at Mostly False, False and Pants on Fire for claims related to the national health care reform law

Truth-O-Meter tackles national topics in New Jersey: gay marriage, health care

Gay marriage claims rates Half True, healthcare claim gets Pants on Fire.

Truth-O-Meter rules on abortion, tax increase claims

Mostly True handed down for abortion claim, Half True for tax increase claim.

Christie says NJ leads nation in number of government workers

Formula claims 85 government employees per square mile in Garden State.

Truth-O-Meter hands down Mostly True rulings to 2 Democrats' claims

Rothman, Holt make claims about income tax rates, contraception coverage.

Critic takes aim at ruling on minimum wage and poverty

A Washington, D.C.-based research fellow claims PolitiFact New Jersey's True rating for state assemblyman's claim is faulty.

Christie, Doherty claims take hit in weekend rulings from the Truth-O-Meter

PolitiFact New Jersey finds claims on state spending, education funding are inaccurate.

Chris Christie claims continue falling down against the Truth-O-Meter

From his budget address to an interview on CBS News' "Face the Nation," three recent fact-checks have left the governor with Mostly True, Half True and Mostly False rulings.

Chris Christie rehashes old facts in budget speech

While unveiling his spending plan proposal for the next fiscal year, Gov. Christie repeated a few claims PolitiFact New Jersey previously put to the Truth-O-Meter.

Truth-O-Meter lands on False for Democratic claims about Medicare, divorce rate

PolitiFact New Jersey debunked claims over the weekend from U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman and New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney

Truth-O-Meter's weekend rulings check Christie, Kyrillos claims

Gov. Chris Christie's fumble on Rutgers football graduation rates earns a False; state Sen. Joseph Kyrillos gets a Half True on a claim about U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and the national deficits.

Readers criticize ruling on graduation rates of Rutgers University's football team

PolitiFact New Jersey handed Gov. Chris Christie a False for saying that under coach Greg Schiano, "Rutgers had the best graduation rate of any Division I football program in America."

Christie’s record framed by opposing story lines from political advocacy groups

PolitiFact New Jersey revisits claims from two groups working behind the scenes to either promote or diminish the governor's record

Truth-O-Meter takes on Christie, supporters in weekend claims

Chris Christie talks up "New Jersey" Giants; supporters credit him in ad with job growth.

Truth-O-Meter rules on Democrat claims

Greenwald gets a True, Codey receives Mostly True on claims about income tax cut savings, pension obligations

On ‘Meet the Press,’ Chris Christie talks national politics, state finances

The Republican governor repeats claims we've previously put to the Truth-O-Meter, including statements about Newt Gingrich and tax hikes by New Jersey Democrats.

Chris Christie dredges up old claims in annual speech

PolitiFact New Jersey reviews a few claims Gov. Chris Christie made during his State of the State address that we've previously tested on the Truth-O-Meter.

Christie touts New Jersey accomplishments ahead of State of the State address

Did Gov. Chris Christie really balance "two budgets without raising taxes," create "60,000 new private-sector jobs" and make "government smaller?"

Truth-O-Meter checks claims on interracial marriage, emergency schools repairs

Mostly True, False rulings given for weekend Truth-O-Meter claims.

Truth-O-Meter rings Mostly False, Half True for weekend claims on debt, guns

Republican Anna Little blamed U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez for increasing federal debt. Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell claimed there's been no legislation that took away a gun from anyone in the last 20 years.

Truth-O-Meter issues rulings on toll hikes claims

Toll hike claims earn True, False ratings.

Happy New Year! PolitiFact New Jersey looks back on our 2011 fact checks

We put 120 claims to the Truth-O-Meter in 2011, with Gov. Chris Christie making the most appearances.

Democratic congressmen to face off in newly drawn district

U.S. Reps. Steve Rothman and Bill Pascrell are set to battle next year for representation of a congressional district in northern New Jersey. PolitiFact New Jersey revisits how each congressman has performed against the Truth-O-Meter.

PolitiFact New Jersey hands out True, Pants on Fire rulings for weekend claims

The Truth-O-Meter hits opposite ends of the ruling spectrum on claims about health care, President Obama's past

Republicans take on Corzine after bankruptcy of MF Global

PolitiFact New Jersey has checked three Republican claims in the last two weeks tied to Jon Corzine.

Neither Democrats nor Republicans did well on the Truth-O-Meter this weekend

The Truth-O-Meter rates False weekend claims by a Democrat and Republican.

PolitiFact New Jersey rules on claims about unemployment benefits, teacher work schedules

Check out this weekend's True and Mostly True rulings on Republican claims put to the Truth-O-Meter.

Animal activists put PolitiFact New Jersey in crosshairs over ruling about hunting statistic

A black bear advocacy group's claim that "99% of NJ voters do NOT support hunting" earns a Pants on Fire on the Truth-O-Meter, firing up animal rights activists.

Weekend Truth-O-Meter rulings hit opposite extremes

Christie gets a Pants on Fire rating, Lautenberg receives a True from the Truth-O-Meter.

Recession may be over, but what about jobs?

Unemployed people and no job growth -- the Truth-O-Meter ruled this weekend on claims about these topics.

Pennies And Nickels Leave Holiday Shoppers Short-Changed

The latest ruling from the Truth-O-Meter reveals that it costs more to produce pennies and nickels than the value of the coins themselves.

PolitiFact's guide to Thanksgiving dinner

Find yourself sitting beside a relative who has sent you lots of chain e-mails? Here's our guide on what to say. Stash it under the green bean casserole until  you need it.

Truth-O-Meter dishes up weekend rulings on school lunch program, national debt

Truth-O-Meter covers the full rulings spectrum with a False and True for 2 GOP lawmakers.

Democratic Party Chairman Rejects 'False' Ruling

Assemblyman John Wisniewski, chairman of the New Jersey Democratic Party, wrote a letter to The Star-Ledger, taking "vehement exception" to PolitiFact New Jersey's "False" ruling on his comments about Gov. Chris Christie

A federal millionaires' tax could hurt small business owners, congressman says

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen wrongly applies a statistic about business income and its potential impact on small businesses.

From the Truth-O-Meter to the voting booth: New Jersey’s election results

With unofficial election results in, PolitiFact New Jersey revisits three races where campaign ads were put to the Truth-O-Meter.

It's Election Day -- Go Vote

We offer a recap of weekend rulings from the Truth-O-Meter and in the spirit of Election Day today, look back at election-themed rulings on New Jersey political ads and statements.

Rating claims on pay-to-play and income tax rates, tallying political ad rulings

The Truth-O-Meter this weekend found that former Gov. James E. McGreevey did not end pay-to-play on county and state contracts as he claims, and Senate President Stephen Sweeney isn't to blame for New Jersey's income tax rates. And with a week to go before Election Day, review our Truth-O-Meter tallies on political ads circulating around the state.

Chris Christie’s ‘Pants on Fire’ draws chilly responses from readers

In emails and comments on, PolitiFact New Jersey readers questioned the Pants on Fire ruling given to Gov. Chris Christie for referring to the national health care reform as a "government takeover."  

Truth-O-Meter rates claims on Democratic tax hikes; $1B state budget surplus

See how the Truth-O-Meter ruled this past weekend on claims about the number and effects of Democratic tax increases, and how much of a surplus a former Republican governor left the state. readers offer mixed reactions to Paul Mulshine’s column on Social Security

Star-Ledger columnist Paul Mulshine gives his take on a recent ruling from PolitiFact New Jersey, and gets mixed responses from readers.  

Truth-O-Meter looks at the future of Social Security; checks claims in political campaign mailer

In case you missed them, check out our latest rulings from the weekend.

Chris Christie versus the Truth-O-Meter

With Gov. Chris Christie's announcement that he would not run for president, PolitiFact New Jersey recaps the governor's history against the Truth-O-Meter.  

Putting Chris Christie to the test on job creation

As Chris Christie ponders entering the Republican presidential race, his critics have already begun attacking his record in office. Here we take up two claims about job creation on his watch in New Jersey.

Conservative group claims Democrat-backed Medicare bill would “increase Medicare premiums”

If you live in the districts of New Jersey congressmen Leonard Lance and Jon Runyan, take a closer look at your mail. American Action Network has distributed mailers in theirs and 30 other Congressional districts across the country, criticizing a proposal to make drug manufacturers pay more rebates under Medicare Part D.

A change in the meter: Barely True is now Mostly False

After an overwhelming response from readers, we're changing the Truth-O-Meter. Barely True will now be called Mostly False.

Truth-O-Meter ruling stands, despite juicy protest

State Sen. Diane Allen (R-Burlington/Camden) objected to a Truth-O-Meter item about her claim that Ocean Spray is leaving its Bordentown facility largely because of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. But PolitiFact New Jersey is keeping its previous ruling of False.