Congress is battling over extending Bush-era tax cuts for the rich, but the editors and reporters at The Record of Woodland Park have squelched the debate over a millionaire's tax in New Jersey as the state's fiscal health continues to deteriorate under Governor Christie.
On Page 1 today, Washington Correspondent Herb Jackson has a long, tedious story on congressional earmarks -- sure to put you to sleep even if you've just had your morning jolt of caffeine. More A-1 space is wasted by Staff Writer Karen Rouse on a turnpike widening far out of the paper's circulation area.
At the bottom of the Opinion front, Columnist Mike Kelly gives a big, wet, journalistic blow job to Christie with a column on the "buzz" over the Republican bully's White House aspirations.
Kelly, who previously called Christie "hip and hot," actually compares the governor's speeches, talk show appearances and so forth "to the road Barack Obama took in his early days as a U.S. senator," but then attacks Obama's lack of experience. What a hoot.
Fiscal woes deepen
Doing Editor Francis Scandale's bidding, both Jackson and Kelly ignore the state's fiscal wreckage as the Christie administration blows billions in federal transportation and education aide, while turning its back on hundreds of millions of dollars in desperately needed revenue from a millionaire's tax.
The governor has also refused to raise the low gasoline tax on his gas-guzzling buddies to rescue the Transportation Trust Fund.
Kelly crows that Christie balanced the state budget, but conveniently forgets it was at the expense of the middle and working classes, while his wealthy supporters cheered from the sidelines. Editorial Page Editor Alfred P. Doblin is another Christie apologist.
Filling the Local section
Isn't the story on retirees returning to work (Local front) more appropriate for Business? And the poorly written and edited piece below it -- on diner makeovers -- should have been done by the food-writing staff.
The headline, "Diners update to stay alive," recalls the recent murder-insurance conspiracy trial over a mob-style hit in the parking lot behind the Saddle Brook Diner, which is pictured today on L-1.
There is little municipal news in the section, thanks to head Assignment Editor Deirdre Sykes.
Road Worrier John Cichowski's column today is about idling engines -- another example of how he's been idling at his computer for years now when it comes to his mission of writing about commuting problems.