By VICTOR E. SASSON
Deirdre Sykes, The Record's new editor, is sending horribly mixed messages to readers on Page 1 today.
Readers can only guess why Sykes gives better play to immigrant haters Donald Trump and Governor Christie than to a series of moving interviews with North Jersey Syrians on the fifth anniversary of the civil war in their native land (A-1).
Ban on Syrians
A photo shows front-runner Trump and Christie looking awfully comfortable in ex-slave state North Carolina, where the billionaire businessman's Klan supporters flourish.
Left unsaid, of course, is that Trump wants to bar all Muslims from entering the United States, and Christie sought to ban all Syrian refugees, including children, first from New Jersey and then the rest of the United States.
In fact, after Christie called for the ban last November, The Record's editors waited a week or so before interviewing law-abiding merchants and other Syrians in Paterson, not far from the Woodland Park newsroom.
Presumably, that was to show readers not all Syrians are terrorists, as Christie seemed to suggest.
Today's editorial on Christie joining the Trump campaign again sounds like it was written by a doddering old man (A-8).
"On March 3," the hemming and hawing concludes, "he [Christie] said he was fully committed to serving the people of New Jersey.
"There is much evidence to the contrary, governor. Much evidence to the contrary."
Unions win big?
Staff Writer Christopher Maag continues to give Christie a pass when the governor says NJ Transit fares will have to be raised again to pay for a new contract with rail workers (A-1 and A-10).
Nowhere does the paper's chief transportation reporter mention that Christie's deep cuts in state subsidies forced the state agency to hike fares and cut service last October.
Also, the front-page headline calls the unions "big winners," but only later does Maag report the rail workers haven't had a raise for five freaking years.
Maag doesn't think that's such a big deal because he also has been denied a raise by the Borgs, the wealthy owners of the paper.
Three stories from state and federal criminal courts in Hackensack and Newark dominate the local-news section today.
Another story on L-1 reports the Clifton Board of Education is giving Muslim students a day off to observe Eid al-Fitr, the first of two holy days marking a sacred month of fasting.
Former employees of The Record might recall the Borgs refused to give Jewish employees a day off to observe Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in Judaism, when fasting also is required.