Thursday, January 17, 2013

Here comes Chris(t) Christie, our savior

English: Great Falls of the Passaic River in P...
Is mounting gun violence in Paterson and other cities linked to Governor Christie's cuts in state aid? Above, the Great Falls of the Passaic River. © 2004 Matthew Trump (Wikipedia)

More than 1,000 people battered by Superstorm Sandy waited on line in the rain on Wednesday for a chance to personally ask Governor Christie for help, The Record reports today.

Page 1 coverage like this obliterates his many policy failures -- from job creation to a mounting budget deficit -- but the editors seem intent on ignoring that as they promote his candidacy for another term as the state's Sandy Savior.

Gun control

A second front-page story reports New Jersey "has some of the strictest firearms restrictions in the nation."  

That's little comfort to the families of innocent people who are cut down by gun violence in Paterson, which was forced to lay off cops after Christie reduced state aid to cities.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and President Obama have moved decisively to strengthen gun control, but ex-prosecutor Christie has done noting. 

Hackensack news

Since the appointment of a new Hackensack reporter, Hannan Adely, head Assignment Editor Deirdre Sykes and her deputy, Dan Sforza, seem to be paying more attention to city news.

Of course, covering the city well now won't make up for many years of neglect -- accelerated by the paper's abandonment of Hackensack in 2009.  

Today, investigative reporter Jeff Pillets says Joseph Mellone, a Zisa family ally who heads the city's code-enforcement office, has been suspended without pay (L-3).

Newsroom layoffs

On L-8, news that The Star-Ledger of Newark plans to lay off 34 employees is probably roiling The Record newsroom in Woodland Park.

In 2008, about 150 newsroom employees at The Star-Ledger,  the state's largest newsaper, agreed to buyouts.

The Record newsroom experienced a much more modest downsizing in 2008 -- several months after Publisher Stephen A. Borg received a $3.65 million company mortgage to buy a McMansion in Tenafly. 

For peckerwoods

In Better Living, the Starters feature promotes the opening of Burgerwood by three teenagers, one of whom is the son of multimillonaire restaurateur and commercial landlord Michel Bittan (BL-1).

The Record says the create-your-own burgers restaurant in Englewood is "riding the wave of one of the hottest food trends."

The restaurant's name -- Burgerwood -- suggests the meat contains sawdust, though that might be more palatable than what is actually in there -- harmful animal antibiotics and growth hormones.
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