Saturday, December 7, 2013

Christie news for readers who believe in Santa Claus

A photo-op with Santa on Friday at the Bergen Town Center in Paramus.


A high school pal of Governor Christie's resigns from his $150,000-a-year job at the Port Authority -- that's certainly front-page news.

But the typo in the banner headline on Page 1 today is old hat -- another example of the sloppy work by news and copy editors under the supervision of six-figure Production Editor Liz Houlton, also known as the Queen of Errors.

David Wildstein, a former Republican mayor of Livingston, wasn't working for a seaport, as lower-case "port official" suggests (A-1).

The headline should have used upper-case "Port official" in reference to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. 

The Portly Authority

Want a good laugh? 

Michael Drewniak, Christie's chief mouthpiece and spin doctor, thanked Wildstein "for his service to the people of New Jersey and the region" (A-4).

Let's review all of Wildstein's great work since he joined the agency in 2010, thanks to Christie, the Portly Authority:

Tolls on Port Authority crossings have skyrocketed, and despite mounting traffic congestion, the agency refuses to expand the express bus lane into the Lincoln Tunnel or extend the reach of the PATH rail system.

More Christie lies

Columnist Charles Stile continues to insist Christie can boast of "his bipartisan successes" when on out-of-town trips campaigning for conservative Republican governors like himself (A-1 and A-6).

Of course, that would be accurate if you eliminate all the vetoes the GOP bully has used to get his way with the Democratic-controlled Legislature.

Stile sounds just like Drewniak, and the reporter isn't even on the governor's payroll -- or is he?

More errors

Page A-2 carries two more embarrassing corrections, including a whopper on how long state Assemblyman and alleged cheat Robert Schroeder has been in office.

Another crappy headline appears on L-1 today over the court appearance of suspects in a $2 million robbery "at the upscale St. Moritz apartment building" in Edgewater.

The main headline refers to "invasion," and the drop headline uses "attacking," which is pretty much the same thing.

The suspects invaded an apartment, not a "home."

Zisa remnants

In Hackensack news, school board Attorney Richard Salkin, an ally of the Zisa family, is representing Debra Heck, who left her city clerk job under pressure from the new City Council (L-3).

The council was elected in May on a platform of reform after decades of rule by the Zisas, including the corrupt police chief.

Heck was perceived as a Zisa loyalist and holdover.

Second look

Nearly every sentence of Friday's Road Warrior column on license renewals at the Motor Vehicle Commission contained an error.

Read the blow-by-blow corrections on the Facebook page for Road Warrior Bloopers:

Road Warrior takes license with facts

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