Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Friendly to business, hostile to the rest of us

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Governor Christie and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno assure seniors they have no plans for a camp to process them for rail transportation to Florida.

Twelve days into the state's new fiscal year, The Record continues to force readers to hunt through the paper and read letters to the editor to learn about the full impact of Governor Christie's mean-spirited budget cuts. 

Is that deliberate, Editor Francis Scandale? Were you concerned that putting all the aid cuts in one place would looked bad for your pal Chris Christie, friend of the rich?

Today, Page 1 carries a glowing report on the concentration of power in the hands of Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno as Christie creates a business-friendly climate in the state.

Suits him well

Unmentioned is the Republican governor's victory in getting his pro-business nominee, Anne M. Patterson, confirmed to fill a vacancy he created on the state Supreme Court by refusing to reappoint its only black justice 

Over her career, Patterson defended such corporations as RJ Reynolds Tobacco and Abbott Laboratories against lawsuits alleging faulty or inferior products, according to The Star-Ledger.

How long after Patterson takes her seat on the high court in September will Christie propose so-called tort reform to cap the damages injured plaintiffs can collect in such suits?

Give us a break

Christie has granted hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks to businesses, while cutting programs and "taking from the poor and giving to the rich," Joe Garibaldi of Hackensack says in a letter to the editor today (A-10).

  • $537,000 was cut from the Wynona Lipman Child Advocacy Center for Abused Children.
  • Supplemental living support payments for people receiving general assistance were cut -- $150 a month less for Garibaldi.
  • A cut of $7.5 million in aid to family planning clinics.
  • Thirteen other cuts not specified in the A-3 story on Democrats failing to override the governor's budget vetoes. 

What's my line?

Road Warrior Columnist John Cichowski has bitched and moaned about long lines at the MVC for many years, and nothing has changed (A-1). 

Readers may recall he takes credit for passage of a law on clearing vehicle roofs of ice and snow, so what happened here?

On A-2, the editors ran a correction to  tell the family of Christopher Stavrou that even in the last story that will ever appear about him (his obituary), the headline didn't get his occupation right.

Head Assignment Editor Deirdre Sykes' Local section hits the trifecta today -- no Hackensack, Teaneck or Englewood news.

Are The Klappies from sports Columnist Bob Klapisch anything like the clap (S-1)?

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