About The County Watchers
The County Watchers was founded in 2005 by Tina Renna, Sergio Bichao and Patricia Quattrocchi as the blog of the Union County Watchdog Association.
The County Watchers strive to shine a light on Union County government by “watching” and investigating county spending and practices.
We publish this blog to share what we find. We also give citizens their own tools to monitor county government by using the Open Public Records Act to obtain and then post government records on the Union County Watchdog Association’s website.
The Watchers is often listed as one of the top 20 of New Jersey’s Most Influential Blogs by BlogNetNews New Jersey.
Thank you for watching Union County government with us.
While managing her husband Joe’s independent run for Union County Freeholder in 2003, Tina was frequently denied or delayed access to public records from the all-Democrat controlled Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
“The more the county tried to keep information from me the more I realized that they had a lot to hide,” Tina says. “The more information I obtained the more I realized how little residents are being told about the spending and unethical actions of this invisible layer of government which claims a quarter of our property tax bills.”
As a community activist, Tina’s goal is to join together with other concerned citizens and demand accountability from Union County government.
Tina is the founder and president of the Union County Watchdog Association.
She and her family live in Cranford.
You can reach her at tinarenna (@) unioncountywatchdog.org, 908-418-5586
John Bury is an Enrolled Actuary with his own pension consulting firm in Montclair servicing over 400 clients. He is a long-time political observer having had over 200 published letters in the Star-Ledger for which he received one of the latest (and last?) Silver Pen Award in 2008.
He also blogs on burypensions (and is picked up occasionally on conservativenewjersey and businessinsider) primarily on actuarial issues with an emphasis on public pension plans where he is the foremost proponent in the nation of federal oversight of these plans that are being bankrupted by short-sighted politicians and unions and has been quoted on pension issues in national publications and media.
You can reach John at firstname.lastname@example.org