|A packed NJ Transit train heading for New York's Penn Station on Tuesday morning. Governor Christie isn't moving to improve or expand mass transit this year.|
|Property taxes keep going up in Hackensack and every other North Jersey community, but such services as the routine filling of potholes are seemingly neglected. Above, Euclid Avenue in Hackensack, near Summit Avenue.|
By VICTOR E. SASSON
A columnist and editorial writer for The Record are so busy interpreting and analyzing what Governor Christie said in his budget address on Tuesday that they completely lost sight of what he didn't say about property taxes, tolls and mass transit (A-1 and A-8).
For the fifth year in a row, Christie won't be lowering local property taxes, as he promised to do in his 2009 campaign.
Nor will he do anything about rising tolls, increasing traffic congestion and packed mass transit.
The economy, stupid
Job creation? Boosting tax revenue and funding the state Transportation Trust Fund? They are not on the GOP bully's agenda.
Today's coverage of the Christie budget plan is superficial at best (A-1, A-6, A-7 and L-3).
The biggest laugh line is Columnist Charles Stile noting that Christie is an "admirer of Ghandi" (A-6).
And Stile continues to struggle with his writing and standard cliches, as in:
"[Christie] didn't call for a broad-based tax cut -- a recognition, perhaps, that the proposal would probably get laughed out of the room."
Not the proposal. Christie would probably be laughed out of room, given the sad state of the New Jersey economy.
The lead story on Page 1 today is Hackensack Police Director Mike Mordaga's continuing crackdown on quality of life crimes and violations, in this case, drug dealing (A-1).
Tara Sullivan's column at the bottom of the front page shows the media are intent on covering every athlete who declares he or she is gay, no matter how obscure.
These so-called journalists should ask themselves why fellow staffers who are gay fear coming out, lest they encounter employment discrimination, in Woodland Park and elsewhere.
Locals are yokels
The Record's Local news report today includes a dramatic photo of one truck rear ending another in Fort Lee that injured "at least one person" (L-6).
Congratulations to Staff Photographer Tariq Zehawi for this award-winning shot.
In his Sunday column, Road Warrior John Cichowski insisted on calling an obscure traffic circle in sleepy Franklin Lakes a "roundabout."
He also claimed a homeowner backing out of his driveway could see through shrubbery and trees and report on whether other drivers were stopping at a stop sign.
A concerned reader notes the homeowner could drive forward out of his driveway, but insists on the more dangerous maneuver of backing out:
"Unless this person has X-ray vision from his driveway entrance to the High Mountain Road stop line, which is blocked with multiple trees and dense shrubbery, he is not able to see whether cars stop while he is pulling out.
"What is even more outrageous is that his driveway is set up to allow him to turn around so he can more safely exit going forward. Yet, he has chosen for 50 years to back out, which is a much more dangerous maneuver."
See a link to a corrective e-mail to management and the editors on the Facebook page for Road Warrior Bloopers:
Road Warrior's exaggerations go round and round