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PolitiFact New Jersey looks back at some of the 19 gubernatorial campaign claims made by Gov. Chris Christie and Barbara Buono
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.
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.
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
Governor and 4-year-old boy discuss cartoons at Branchburg town hall meeting
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
New Jersey's senior senator announced Thursday that he would not seek re-election to a sixth term in 2014
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
PolitiFact New Jersey looks back at fact-checks on claims related to gun laws and violence
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
We look back at how Newark's mayor has done on claims ranging from crime to health care.
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.
The state senator from Middlesex County has had mixed results on claims about job gains, unemployment benefits and poverty
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
Claims by Gov. Chris Christie, Big Gamble NJ campaign checked.
Governor claim rates a Pants on Fire, senator's statement handed a Half True.
From U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez to New Jersey's sitting congressmen, incumbents soundly fended off their challengers in Tuesday's election
We're cranking up the Truth-O-Meter again!
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, New Jerseyans are set to cast their ballots at alternate polling places and via e-mail or fax
How did claims by Jon Runyan, Shelley Adler, Leonard Lance and Upendra Chivukula do on the 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.
A look back at claims about Tropical Storm Irene, role of FEMA funding after natural disasters
Rep. Leonard Lance says President Obama broke promise on cutting deficit, Chris Christie claims property taxes spiked in decade before becoming governor
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.
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.
Gov. Chris Christie has joined other GOP leaders in blasting a statement from a video played during the Democratic National Convention
U.S. Senate candidates talked taxes, health care and economy during recent debate at Montclair State University
Claims center on Sen. Bob Menendez's support of tax increases; whether Ronald Reagan really trailed Jimmy Carter in 1980 presidential polls
Accuracy issues topple claims by U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews, state Assemblyman John Burzichelli
Truth-O-Meter finds accuracy issues with claims made by Shelley Adler, "Menendez Facts" blog
Weekend Truth-O-Meter rulings look at difference in party platforms about campaign finance rules, whether Medicare would switch to a voucher system
The Democratic mayor of Newark revived an argument previously tested against the Truth-O-Meter: state funding cuts for family planning services.
Sen. Barbara Buono claims the governor has demanded tax cuts the state can't afford; Christie touts his leadership in endorsing Mitt Romney
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.
PolitiFact tested three claims made by Gov. Chris Christie during his keynote address at the Republican National Convention
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
Truth-O-Meter also reviewed Joe Kyrillos claim about U.S. corporate tax rates
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.
PolitiFact New Jersey recaps our weekend fact-checks on Gov. Chris Christie and the National Republican Congressional Committee
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.
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.
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
Weekend claims target NJ governor's efforts in both areas.
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.
U.S. Senate hopeful, governor cite wrong statistics in claims about national job creation, number of state employees.
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 PolitiFact.com checked the requirements for dog catchers and others in government.
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.
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
A Democratic congressman and a Republican state Senator faced the Truth-O-Meter this weekend.
PolitiFact New Jersey checks out a few of the claims the governor makes in a new radio spot.
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 shoots down claims about New Jersey job growth, size of state budget.
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.
As governor announces latest job-growth numbers, the Truth-O-Meter looks back at past claims on the same topic.
New Jersey's governor ended the Truth-O-Meter's first year with 39 claims checked for accuracy.
Against the Truth-O-Meter, both political parties fare about the same.
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.
Pascrell beat Rothman by more than 20 points for the Democratic nomination in the 9th Congressional District
PolitiFact New Jersey revisits claims made in races for two House seats and a U.S. Senate seat
Claims by Republicans Frelinghuysen, Casagrande checked.
Claims about transportation financing, Obama's level of federal spending checked.
As Americans recognize Memorial Day, we're reviewing related fact-checks put to the Truth-O-Meter
Runyan gets a False, Booker a True, on their claims about solvency of Medicare, percentage of blacks incarcerated in New Jersey.
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?
But PolitiFact New Jersey found that balancing the state budget is a requirement under the state constitution
Claims about job loss, support of tax cuts for wealthy earn Mostly False, Pants on Fire rulings
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
Rep. Steve Rothman used a clip of the interview to suggest Pascrell admitted supporting "more tax cuts for the rich"
With the president's announcement, PolitiFact New Jersey revisits fact checks on gay marriage
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.
Attack claims from Democrats, Republicans against opposing party are less than accurate.
PolitiFact New Jersey checks statements from candidates for Congress.
PolitiFact New Jersey's arrival in the Garden State earns a press association honor.
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.
Claims checked about location of Mason-Dixon Line, cost of tolls to New York versus New Jersey income taxes.
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.
Claims about a gas boycott, impact of no income tax on job growth reviewed.
Weekend claims about Medicaid funding, state budget revenue sources contain a hint of truth.
Readers debate rationale behind governor raising issue of union fees for non NJEA members.
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.
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
Gay marriage claims rates Half True, healthcare claim gets Pants on Fire.
Mostly True handed down for abortion claim, Half True for tax increase claim.
Formula claims 85 government employees per square mile in Garden State.
Rothman, Holt make claims about income tax rates, contraception coverage.
A Washington, D.C.-based research fellow claims PolitiFact New Jersey's True rating for state assemblyman's claim is faulty.
PolitiFact New Jersey finds claims on state spending, education funding are inaccurate.
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.
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.
PolitiFact New Jersey debunked claims over the weekend from U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman and New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney
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.
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."
PolitiFact New Jersey revisits claims from two groups working behind the scenes to either promote or diminish the governor's record
Chris Christie talks up "New Jersey" Giants; supporters credit him in ad with job growth.
Greenwald gets a True, Codey receives Mostly True on claims about income tax cut savings, pension obligations
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.
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.
Did Gov. Chris Christie really balance "two budgets without raising taxes," create "60,000 new private-sector jobs" and make "government smaller?"
Mostly True, False rulings given for weekend Truth-O-Meter claims.
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.
Toll hike claims earn True, False ratings.
We put 120 claims to the Truth-O-Meter in 2011, with Gov. Chris Christie making the most appearances.
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.
The Truth-O-Meter hits opposite ends of the ruling spectrum on claims about health care, President Obama's past
PolitiFact New Jersey has checked three Republican claims in the last two weeks tied to Jon Corzine.
The Truth-O-Meter rates False weekend claims by a Democrat and Republican.
Check out this weekend's True and Mostly True rulings on Republican claims put to the Truth-O-Meter.
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.
Christie gets a Pants on Fire rating, Lautenberg receives a True from the Truth-O-Meter.
Unemployed people and no job growth -- the Truth-O-Meter ruled this weekend on claims about these topics.
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.
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 covers the full rulings spectrum with a False and True for 2 GOP lawmakers.
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
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen wrongly applies a statistic about business income and its potential impact on small businesses.
With unofficial election results in, PolitiFact New Jersey revisits three races where campaign ads were put to the Truth-O-Meter.
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.
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.
In emails and comments on NJ.com, 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."
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.
Star-Ledger columnist Paul Mulshine gives his take on a recent ruling from PolitiFact New Jersey, and gets mixed responses from NJ.com readers.
In case you missed them, check out our latest rulings from the weekend.
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.
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.
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.
After an overwhelming response from readers, we're changing the Truth-O-Meter. Barely True will now be called Mostly False.
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.