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The @starledger’s Reformy Fantasyland

Cross-posted with Jersey Jazzman.

I really can’t tell you how grateful I am to have Bob Braun blogging; for a while there, it felt like I was the only one who cared to point out that the Star-Ledger, Bob’s former paper, was writing education editorials that were both massively ignorant and callously dismissive of the needs of children in New Jersey’s cities.

Bob’s skewering of the Star-Ledger Editorial Board (SLEB) includes a history lesson on the civil actions that led us to the segregated apartheid schools we have today. This is a history of which the Star-Ledger’s editorial writers remain blissfully, willingly ignorant. They foolishly continue to believe the primary issue in urban education today isn’t segregation or adequate funding, but teacher quality:  

The Star Ledger’s Selective Memory

Diary rescue from the weekend. Promoted by Rosi. What do you think, Blue Jersey?

Perhaps I am beating a dead horse, but yet again the Star Ledger editorial board makes it hard to resist just one more thwack. Today the editorial board supports paid sick leave as law in New Jersey and warns against the ALEC bill banning required paid sick leave. At least they got that right.

With confidence, the editorial board writes, “No lawmaker has proposed ALEC's sick-leave ban in New Jersey — and it is not likely the bill would get far if they did. Moreover, New Jersey voters on Election Day overwhelmingly supported raising the minimum wage…The pendulum is swinging towards workers' rights, not against them.”

Ah, the selective memory of the editorial board. Do they not recall, or do they just choose to ignore, as reported by their own Sal Rizzo that, 'A Star-Ledger investigation in April [2012] found some of Gov. Chris Christie's biggest legislative proposals and other measures sponsored by lawmakers closely resembled ALEC bills” and that the Christie administration has consulted with ALEC on more than one occasion.


QoTD: Adults in the playground

Correction: This was yesterday, I listed it incorrectly as today. h/t Deciminyan

Shelley AdlerToday’s Quote of the Day belongs to Shelley Adler, widow of the late Rep. John Adler and a candidate with a groundswell of support driving her challenge to a Republican solidly in the he’s-gotta-go category. Adler had an interview yesterday morning with Burlington County Times Editorial Board, and NJ-3 residents were encouraged to send in questions for the board to ask her (this is just a great idea, cheers to Burlington County Times). Adler:

“I’m interested in going to Washington to be an adult in the playground, and I think it’s time to bring some more adults to Washington.”

Not an adult? You don’t have to look far to bring this guy to mind, or the hijinks of the modern-day GOP House of Representatives Jon Runyan cleaves to. I don’t agree with everything Adler’s running on – I’m unclear on her lack of support for the Affordable Care Act, which her husband also did not support – but stacked up against GOP incumbent Jon Runyan, who was and is supremely unprepared for the job the voters gifted to him, there is no question. Shelley Adler is also our best chance at classing up the NJ congressional delegation with a little estrogen. Boom. Burlington County Times put this morning’s whole thing on video (another good idea). Quality’s not great, but if you want a record of this interview, here’s what they talked about. If you emailed topic suggestions, maybe you’ll hear your question asked. Video’s 42 minutes.

While Christie and Daggett meet with Gannett at 11am, Corzine will be in Elizabethtown

It looks like Governor Corzine figures he won’t get the Gannett endorsement anyway, so why go talk to their Editorial Board. While Chris Daggett and Chris Christie interivew with Gannett, the Governor is scheduled to speak at the Elizabethtown Gas Customer Care Center ribbon cutting. You can watch the Gannett Editorial Board interview at 11am here:

What do you think of the Governor not attending to talk with the Gannett Editorial board? He already met with the Star Ledger and the Record of Bergen County Editorial Boards. You can also see his interview with the Atlantic City Press Editorial Board here: