Thursday, November 5, 2009

Governor takes back seat to Yankees

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After Tuesday's upset and with a new governor-elect girding himself for a battle to lower property taxes, you'd think The Record would give the whole front page to that story today. You'd be wrong. Instead, Chris Christie is squeezed down to the bottom of the page to make room for the Yankees winning the championship.

The former Hackensack daily likely intends the sports story to distract us from our daily tribulations and to bring a ray of sunshine into the lives of hundreds of thousands of North Jersey residents laid off during the recession, including the paper's many experienced staffers who were shown the door.

On Page A-2, you'll find three corrections of local news stories from the crack staff.

In the Local section, the drought continues on municipal news from diverse Teaneck, Englewood and Hackensack, but there are stories from several predominately white towns. And we learn that residents of Woodland Park rejected changing the town's name back to West Paterson, so The Record, which has moved printing and most staff out of Hackensack, is stuck with Woodland Park, where it is now headquartered (though there is no mention of that in the story or on Page A-2, where 150 River St. in Hackensack is still listed as where the paper is "published").

As usual on most Thursdays, there is no food coverage in Better Living, despite the paper's promise to readers to publish food news "every day" after the Food section was folded.

That's it for commentary on "The Trusted Local Source," the paper's new marketing slogan.

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