Thursday, August 18, 2011

Christie's version challenged again

Path Station 2Image by zinetv via Flickr
The Record has virtually ignored the planned hike in PATH fares.

How many times have observers soundly rejected Governor Christie's version of events -- as in today's Page 1 story in The Record on the free-spending Port Authority and so-called public support for a near tripling of Hudson River tolls?

Christie actually had the balls to say: "If you look at the public hearings yesterday [Tuesday], there were more people who spoke in favor of the toll hike than against it" (A-6).

"The governor failed to mention all the people in favor had a vested interest, or they get funding from the Port Authority for their livelihood," said Jeff Tittel of the New Jersey Sierra Club (A-6).

"I don't remember one person from the public condoning it [the proposed hikes]," said commuter Christine Dominguez of Hackensack (A-6).

At least an editorial on A-20 today exposes Christie's hypocrisy in refusing to raise the low gasoline tax to fund New Jersey road and mass transit improvements, then grabbing $1.8 billion in Port Authority funds to repair infrastructure in the state.

No heavy lifting

Editor Francis Scandale took the easy way out by running a Star-Ledger story on the sensational street slaying of a 27-year-old mother in quiet Boonton, but I didn't know from The Record's coverage of the Morris County community that Muslims have lived there for more than 50 years.

An OpEd piece notes Neanderthal Gov. Rick Perry of Texas cut $4 billion from K-12 schools rather than raise taxes to help balance his state budget (A-21). 

Sounds like Perry and Christie are reading the same Republican play book.

You won't find much municipal news in Local today, but that's what readers have come to expect from Editor Deirdre Sykes and the laziest assignment desk south of the Canadian border.

Drink up

Before Liz Houlton ran the news copy desk, she was chief of the features copy desk for many years and allowed thousands of errors and typos to get past her cursor. 

There was little improvement after her husband, George Cubanski, took over from her, but he left the paper.

Today, on the front of Better Living, this sentence appears in a wine column on gewurztraminer: "Meh, I can take it or leave it." Is that supposed to be "Me, I can take it or leave it"?

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  1. The guy is out of his mind, here you have a guy who's prime campaign slogan was cutting taxes, yet he has the audacity to say that people support a 33% toll hike. Unreal. Not sure who deserves a worse grade for their term, Obama or this clown. Its pretty neck and neck.

  2. meh

    (an expression of boredom or apathy): We thought it would sell, but customers are saying “Meh!”
    unimpressive; boring: The first few songs were meh.
    bored or apathetic: I'm feeling a little meh.

  3. I've never come across that until now.

    "Eh" would have been more effective and communicated better.

  4. Great to see another photo today from Nick "Crash" Messina as well. Nothing else happens here except cars running into something.

  5. And everyone of those minor accidents makes the paper -- in a desperate bid to fill holes in local news coverage.


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