|Leonia is one of those Bergen County towns that doesn't get much coverage in The Record of Woodland Park. Dressing up the small business district along Broad Avenue is a sculpture garden, above and below.|
|Most of the businesses along Broad Avenue are owned and operated by Korean-Americans. Leonia borders Palisades Park and Fort Lee, both of which have even stronger Korean presences.|
By VICTOR E. SASSON
I've learned to ignore the lame political column Charles Stile has been writing since Governor Christie took office way back in January 2010.
But his Page 1 column in The Record today is hard to miss, especially because Editor Marty Gottlieb is using it in place of a news story on the special session of the state Legislature the governor called to fix the bail system (A-1).
This boring Stile column reads like all the rest:
The special session, Stile claims, could "polish up his resume for a likely run for president in 2016" (A-1).
But on A-7, readers also find a news story on the special session that repeats much of Stile's column -- a real waste of space.
Stile and The Record avoid discussing how politics divide the nation and New Jersey, and how reporting like this simply turns off voters.
Christie was reelected last November in the lowest turnout of any previous gubernatorial election, but The Record always refers to it as a "landslide" and doesn't even mention the legions of disaffected voters.
Worst governor ever
Below the fold today, Staff Writer Scott Fallon reports that funding of open-space preservation is endangered by the poor state economy under the GOP bully.
But you have to read the entire story to get that message.
Today's editorial on anti-violence efforts by three North Jersey cities also is edited in a way to avoid placing blame on Christie for cutting state aid to poor cities like Paterson, resulting in the layoff of 125 police officers in 2011.
"Indeed," the editorial writer declares, "during the recent tenure of Mayor Jeffrey Jones in Paterson there was the feeling that, for whatever reason, the city's needs were not being heard by the powers that be in Trenton."
"For whatever reason"? What crap.
|The quaint Borough Hall in Leonia.|
Another Page 1 story may cause more suicides on the George Washington Bridge among readers who learn a plan to build a 9-foot fence might take eight years -- twice as long as did construction of the span (A-1).
Imagine how many lives could have been saved if this fence was built during the years the Port Authority was diverting toll money to construction of One World Trade Center, with all of its delays and cost overruns.
It's hard to believe the fence won't be finished until 2022.
The story is by Staff Writer Christopher Maag, who has been neglecting his Hackensack beat.
Maag is thorough, but the story goes on and on like something you'd see in The New York Times, Gottlieb's old paper.
With Maag writing about bridge suicides, the only Hackensack news today is another reporter's story on a lawsuit filed against the city by Patrolman Moise Flanagan (L-1).
Hackensack Scoop, a local blog, reported the lawsuit five days ago.
Lying to readers
If a recipe isn't healthy, The Record's editors don't see anything wrong with lying to their readers.
Clueless freelancer Kate Morgan Jackson's recipe for Chilled Fennel Soup calls for 4 tablespoons of butter filled with artery clogging saturated fat (BL-2).
Yet, Jackson writes of the soup, "with no cream whatsoever, it's as healthy as healthy can be."