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Gannett to buy The Record

Media consolidation continues in New Jersey; looks like Gannett, the media conglomerate that owns USA Today as well as Asbury Park Press (APP) and several other newspapers across NJ, will buy up The Record. It has been a fiercely independent news outlet, and privately owned….
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Port Authority Friday Night FOIA Dump

We’ve been watching the Port Authority’s website. Late tonight, PA posted responses to a number of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for documents related to the sudden closure of local lanes on the George Washington Bridge in September, 2013.

We’re still looking through these; there’s a lot of electronic paper, and dozens of media requests and requests from groups like Judicial Watch.

What we’ve seen so far, below the fold:

Is it the 21st century?

I agree with the many sports reporters on my Twitter feed that it not right that the Masters excluded the Bergen Record’s Tara Sullivan from conducting interviews:

Bad enough no women members at Augusta. But not allowing me to join writers in locker room interview is just wrong.

These issues were settled long ago in the sports world.

Thanks to the Washington Post, and Chris Cillizza’s readers at The Fix

It’s a kick to read in the Washington Post today that Blue Jersey’s made their list of best state-based political tweeters in the country, via Chris Cillizza’s political column The Fix. We have our readers and Cillizza’s readers at The Fix to thank for that, because he compiled the list after asking for nominations from his own Fixistas and sifted through them all for every state in the country.

The Fix’s Best State-Based Political Tweeters for New Jersey:

@JoshuaHenne

@lisafleisher

@michaelcmuller  

@NJDSC

@bluejersey

@jason_springer

@CoryBooker

@GingerGibsonSL

Cillizza apparently was thinking (here’s his call for tweeter nominations) most of people he chose would be reporters. In his NJ list, only 2 are; Ginger Gibson of the statehouse bureau shared by Star-Ledger & Bergen Record and New Jersey reporter for the Wall Street Journal Lisa Fleisher both made Cillizza’s list.

The rest of us are all progressive or Democratic partisans. more below

Charles Stile on Jeff Gardner: “Bona Fide Giant Slayer”

If you didn’t know about the Democratic senatorial primary fight in the 35th legislative district, a column by Bergen Record columnist Charlie Stile at northjersey.com is a clear snapshot and of what divides the two combatants, Sen. John Girgenti and Jeff Gardner. – Rosi Efthim

Round 2 of Hawthorne political fight coming up

by Charles Stile:

Jeffrey Gardner’s shoebox-size law office in Hawthorne’s downtown suits his budget. After all, he opened his practice only a month ago.

The Lafayette Avenue office is also a fitting symbol of his new place in Passaic County politics.

The 42-year-old liberal activist seized a small Democratic Party beachhead last June, taking control of the Hawthorne Democratic Municipal Committee. The precinct-level victory yielded a modicum of power but a bounty of statewide buzz – he defeated John Girgenti, the 35th District state senator who joined the Legislature four years before Hosni Mubarak took control of Egypt.

BlueJerseyRadio welcomes Douglas Herbert, Congressional candidate in NJ-11

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Tonight we’ll learn all about Douglas Herbert’s bid to unseat Rodney Frelinghuysen in NJ-11. In the meantime, even if you live outside NJ’s 11th Congressional district, you can join Douglas Herbert’s FaceBook group and help spread the word. Or, check out his website.

You won’t want to miss an episode – and of course, you never have to. Listen to them all on Blogtalkradio, or download any show on iTunes.

BlueJerseyRadio welcomes John Wisniewski LIVE tonight at 8:00pm

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Our guest, Assemblyman John S. Wisneiwski represents Sayreville in the NJ Assembly. He’s also chairman of the NJ State Democratic Committee and that’s the hat he’ll be wearing tonight. After all, who better to discuss the ongoing SchundlerGate ™ story than the party’s partisan-in-chief, John Wisniewski?

Jeff and I welcome your calls — especially if your name is Bret Schundler –as we unravel the complicated layers of Governor Christie’s colossal $400,000,000 school-funding hissy fit. So if you’re in the mood to pile on, won’t you join us? at (646) 652-2773.

So, tune in tonight and every Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. to laugh so hard you’re friends will be jealous. Seriously. You won’t want to miss an episode – and of course, you never have to. Listen to them all on Blogtalkradio, or download any show on iTunes.

Record and Ledger combine State House bureau

Two state house bureaus became one on Friday with the merging of operations between the Star Ledger and The Record of Bergen County.  The editors tried to put a positive spin on the move:

The editors said the new arrangement made sense in an age when budget cuts, even before the current recession, have forced newspapers around the country to dramatically reduce reporting staffs. In December, several Star-Ledger reporters left the Trenton bureau as part of a sweeping buyout program.

“At a time when newspapers have had to cut back news staffs, this cooperation allows us to pool resources and better serve all our readers,” said Jim Willse, the editor of The Star-Ledger, in a prepared statement.

Frank Scandale, editor of The Record, said, “Sharing coverage while maintaining two distinct news operations is a common-sense response to the changing media landscape.”

While they may be recognizing the economic realities, HardnewsNJ reminds  us just how many cuts have occurred to state house coverage recently:

While the move creates the largest Statehouse bureau in the nation, it further reduces the competition on Press Row that once drove coverage of state government news.

The Ledger and The Trenton Times, both owned by the Newhouse family, had previously combined their Statehouse bureaus. The New York Times recently shut its three-person bureau. Gannett, which owns the Asbury Park Press, The Courier Post, The Home News Tribune and The Courier News, reduced its Statehouse bureau to two from six.

Both of the papers were already doing with less. I hope they are able to continue the coverage they still provide without even more cuts in the future.  This is an unfortunate reality that readers don’t have much choice but to accept.  I wish the new combined operation luck.  It’s kind of important that the people are able to know what their government is doing.

The Chris Christie love fest continues

I think the Star Ledger Auditor column said it best:

It seems U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie has become the political equivalent of the popular girl everyone wants to take to the prom.

Well I don’t know about the prom dress, but the NJ media seems to drool at the sound of Christie’s name just as Pavlov’s dog would upon hearing the bell.  How about we take a sampling of articles since Christie announced his resignation:

  • Christie proved himself a man of conviction
  • Mr. Christie to the rescue?
  • Is it Christie’s time?
  • Christie Gives Notice, and G.O.P. Gains Hope
  • An impressive resume
  • U.S. Attorney Steps Down in New Jersey, With a Record Disproving Early Critics
  • No easy road for Christie (Don’t let the headline mislead you here.  The APP says that Christie has been a godsend as U.S. attorney and that he could be a transformative governor.)
  • And Barack Obama was the celebrity who could do no wrong? These recent headlines say nothing about the stealth campaign for Governor the NJ media has helped Christie carry out for the past few years. It has become an acceptable joke that the non-partisan US Attorney has had extremely close associates and family members around him for years planning his run for partisan office.  Oh don’t forget the ever reliable Asbury Park Press who takes a poll showing Governor Corzine leading Christie in a potential matchup as a chance to slam the Governor with this headline:

    Poll: Corzine doesn’t deserve re-election

    Actually, that number is virtually unchanged since February, so it’s not really very newsy unless you are trying to continue your own theme.  In that poll story, it doesn’t even appear until the fourth paragraph yet someone thought it made a great headline. Reporters Rountable offered a preview of the 2009 Gubenatorial landscape:

    Note to the media:  We know you love Chris Christie, thanks for the constant reminders.   Maybe you can actually acknowledge that Christie’s own party isn’t completely sold on him yet and cover the primary before you swear him in and have him “measuring the drapes at Drumthwacket.”