Wednesday, March 2, 2016

6 N.J. papers -- but not The Record -- call for Christie exit

YOU CAN'T GET THERE FROM HERE: It's a good bet the street in Hackensack you're looking for is closed for utility work. Above, First Street and Central Avenue, not far from the high school.

On State Street, construction equipment parked at the curb, above, has eliminated parking spaces used by parents when they pick up their children at the middle school across the street.

On Tuesday afternoon, another lane of State Street was closed. Main Street and many others in Hackensack have been crudely patched --not repaved -- giving drivers a rough ride

Near the Hackensack border, Huyler Street in South Hackensack was closed on Tuesday, forcing drivers heading for the new Costco Wholesale in Teterboro to detour.


On Tuesday, the Daily Record of Morristown, Asbury Park Press, Courier Post of Camden and three other New Jersey newspapers called on Governor Christie to resign.

The Record of Woodland Park isn't among them, and today, readers won't find a story on the editorial blasting Christie that appeared in six Gannett-owned dailies.

"The news outlets ... issued a joint editorial on the heels of Christie's surprise endorsement of Republican front-runner Donald Trump and his most recent snub of the state's press corps,"'s Matt Arco reports.

The newspapers blasted Christie's "arrogance" and said they were "fed up" with him, citing Christie's "long neglect of the state to pursue his own selfish agenda." 

And they said they were "disgusted" with his endorsement of Donald Trump" after he spent months on the campaign trail "trashing him" and calling him "unqualified" to be president.

"For the good of the state, it's time for Christie to do his long-neglected constituents a favor and resign as governor," the editorial stated.

"If he refuses, citizens should initiate a recall effort."

Borg family

Readers of The Record can only speculate on what influence the Borg family has on the editorial policy of their flagship paper, and all of the others published by North Jersey Media Group.

Real estate mogul Jon F. Hanson, Christie's chief fund-raiser for his two gubernatorial elections, is a close family friend and a business associate of the Borgs, although The Record has never identified him as such.

Hanson was called the governor's "go-to guy" in a May 2015 profile on

'Chris Christie's go-to guy'

New England

Although The Record didn't report on the six New Jersey newspapers seeking Christie's departure, it gave prominent play to two conservative New England newspapers expressing their regret for supporting the GOP bully.

A brief appears on Page 1, referring readers to the full story on A-3.

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