Thursday, April 16, 2015

Christie in N.H.: No, really, I haven't decided if I'm running

The West Englewood section of Teaneck.


For anything approaching news about Governor Christie's decision to run for the White House, look to "The Today Show" on NBC, not The Record.

Page 1 of the Woodland Park daily carries a silly comparison of Christie's town hall meeting in New Hampshire on Wednesday and his 134 New Jersey forums.

Staff Writer Melissa Hayes, who is traveling with Christie, has this breaking news: 

The GOP bully "offered his own microphone" to people his aides couldn't reach in the tightly packed room. Wow. What a mensch.

But in an "exclusive" interview with "Today" host Matt Lauer, aired this morning, Christie said about running for president:

"It is absolutely the truth that Mary Pat and I have not made this decision yet.
"But the outspoken Christie had definite opinions about the three U.S. senators who already have tossed their hats into the Republican ring: Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio.
"I think a governor is going to be the nominee, a governor or a former governor, because I believe that our party and our country need someone who's actually run something.
"And while I have great respect for a number of those folks, I don't believe that we've done well with the experiment of a one-term U.S. senator being president of the United States."

Another correction

The lame assignment, news and copy desks have admitted to another embarrassing error -- misspelling the name of the police chief in Elmwood Park (A-2).

Local news?

Five days before the school board election in Hackensack, I have yet to see anything in The Record's Local section on the candidates for three open seats.

Are they incumbents or newcomers? Where do they stand on important educational issues and improved food service in the high school?

Also on the ballot is the nearly $75,000,000 budget proposed by the board for the 2015-16 school year -- a big component of residents' property tax bill.

Voters can vote "Yes" or "No" on the budget, but The Record hasn't carried a story about that either.

Voter apathy can be blamed directly on The Record's lazy assignment editors, Deirdre Sykes and Dan Sforza, who prefer to fill their columns with crime and court news.

In the April 2014 election, only 1,584 residents went to the polls out of an estimated 20,000 registered voters.

Auto safety

More than 11 years into writing the Road Warrior column, Staff Writer John Cichowski still can't report clearly on the the key to reducing deaths on America's streets and highways (L-1).

His long-winded, poorly written column today -- including "tasked," a word that should be banned from newspapers -- will bore most readers to tears.

Of course, Cichowski's role is to fill as much space as possible to make up for the thin municipal news report.

Today, he could have written just a few paragraphs on driver behavior -- the key to reducing injuries and deaths.

Amid declining enforcement, the rise of speeding, aggressive driving, running red lights and stop signs; and killing or injuring pedestrians is the biggest auto safety story of the last decade.

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