|A NY Waterway ferry returning to its Weehawken terminal from Manhattan with only a few passengers during rush hour on April 1.|
By VICTOR E. SASSON
The Record's front-page story today on the mounting cost of protecting Governor Christie when he travels out of state cites no active threats (A-1).
So, why did taxpayers spend $1.2 million to protect the GOP bully last year, and from whom?
Is Christie afraid a resident still living in a tent after losing his home to Superstorm Sandy is plotting to take him out?
Or, is he looking over his shoulder for state employees angry over his refusal to fully fund their pension system?
Given his eating habits, it's more likely the would-be president will be sidelined by salmonella, and it would be no great loss for New Jersey or the nation.
The timing of today's lead story on attorney Joseph Ferriero, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli and a doctor who "was allowed to sidestep prosecution" on groping charges is unusual.
This week, a federal jury in Newark will resume deliberations on corruption charges against Ferriero, once the powerful head of the Bergen County Democratic Party.
The story by Jean Rimbach reports Ferriero received almost $500,000 -- far more than previously thought -- to help the case of Teaneck dermatologist Gangaram Ragi (A-1).
Could Ferriero's defense attorney seek a mistrial, citing the Page 1 story?
Does Road Warrior John Cichowski really expect shoppers to use the train to get to the Walmart opening soon in Teterboro and then schlep their packages home on mass transit (L-1)?
This from the columnist who spends 99% of his time promoting driving.
In recent years, the huge number of errors in Cichowski's columns testify to the near total absence of editing and fact-checking on The Record's copy desk.
In 2008, copy desk co-supervisor Nancy Cherry left the paper, creating a void in the enforcement of high standards of accuracy and headline writing that was never filled.
Under six-figure Production Editor Liz Houlton, supervisor of the copy and news desks, the decline has only accelerated.
Restaurant critic Elisa Ung's column on omakase, a chef's selection of raw fish, omits respected Japanese restaurants in Fort Lee and Edgewater (BL-1).
Is it possible that only one hotel meets the high standards of Travel Editor Jill Schensul ("Hotel peeves" on T-1).
Or is her cover story today an elaborate advertisement for Hotel Le Marais in New Orleans, the only one mentioned by name (T-3)?
I also found it strange that Schensul isn't peeved by the high cost of hotel rooms. Not one price appears in the article.