A win for Chris Rogers

 

 Judge B. Theodore Bozonelis today said that Roxbury school board member Chris Rogers had the right to see and to review district legal bills via e-mail.  The judge said the right to access was never really an issue and he seemed puzzled that the school board never responded to a written request from Rogers’ lawyer to see the bills.

That could be costly. The judge ordered the district to pay Rogers’ legal fees back to the date of the letter in question _ Jan. 3.

The district seems bound to appeal at least the fee aspect of the judge’s ruling.

That will play out in court. More interesting will be how it plays out in Roxbury. Here’s my guess: Opponents of Rogers will lambaste him for costing the board money. In reality, however,  blame lies on the school board. If it had immediately responded to Rogers’ request, none of this would have happened.

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Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

7 Responses to A win for Chris Rogers

  1. anonymous says:

    even a boken clock is right twice a day

  2. ANONYMOUS says:

    Good Win! The school administration is bound by the law, and they has no standing to refuse to email the requested information. I hope Chris does another request for these invoices to see how much the administration racked up in needless legal fees in this matter.

  3. anonymous says:

    Bravo, Mr. Rogers!

  4. steve says:

    Not a win, not by a long shot Rogers had access to redacted invoices through one of his “friends” Rogers wanted unredacted invoices sent to him, where in all likelyhood, he would have sent them to anyone who supports his “causes” He did not win the case for unredacted invoices, citing confidential materials that may be contained. He won the ability and wasted township money to have the same redacted invoices sent to him, invoices he has already seen. A lose- lose all around Hopefully this comes back to byte him when he runs for reelection

    Boo Mr Rogers Perhaps he would be better off in someone elses neighborhood

  5. fsnowflack says:

    Steve:
    I think you have it backwards. As the judge noted in court, this suit would not have happened if the district simply answered Rogers’ request.

  6. steve says:

    No, that;s why it was lose – lose Rogers wanted something he couldn’t get The district wasn;t going to give him something they could not give He wanted unredacted invoices, they said no due to the possibility of confidential information being made public They probably offered redacted and knowing Rogers, he threw one of his hissy fits like he does at board meetings

    Either way, everyone loses Rogers get nothing more than the same redacted invoices he’s already seen and he still has to go to the BOE offices to see the complete documents and the district pays out money it can ill afford

    Knowing Rogers..it’s a safe bet he’ll sue again

  7. fsnowflack says:

    He may very well sue again. but that is not the point.
    The judge said this case should not have made it court; and for that, he blamed the district, not Rogers.
    That is why the judge awarded Rogers legal fees.

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