The Star-Ledger turned a few heads this past weekend with its endorsement of Chris Christie for governor.
More remarkable than the endorsement of a Republican governor by a paper in a Democratic stonghold (the Star-Ledger made the non-traditional choice of endorsing independent candidate Chris Daggett four years ago over Democratic Governor Jon Corzine and challenger Christie) was the tone of the piece.
The Ledger spent more time pillorying Christie than praising him in its endorsement, calling his policies “hostile” to the poor and middle class, a “catastrophe” for the environment, and accusing him of “sabotaging” affordable housing, among other sins. Since Sunday, the Ledger has been taken to task for the endorsement by former reporter Bob Braun, Will Bunch at The Philadelphia Inquirer and Rachel Maddow on MSNBC — and, of course, Christie opponent Barbara Buono.
In other news about NJ news: More Monmouth Musings is in a tiff over Asbury Park Press and NJ.com coverage of an accusation involving an alleged warrant for the arrest of a Monmouth County candidate for town council.
With the Sandy anniversary looming, NJ media continue to do the terrific work they have done all year long, covering the recovery every step of the way. Look at the latest from Patch, NJTV and NJPR and even the Nutley Sun. We’ll have more next week.
Our full roundup:
The Star-Ledger endorsement: Christie for governor Star-Ledger/NJ.com*
Star-Ledger: Christie is the worst gov ever, please vote for him! Philadelphia Inquirer
Rachel Maddow is puzzled by Star-Ledger’s endorsement of Chris Christie Star-Ledger/NJ.com*
The Star-Ledger wants us to vote for a man it calls a catastrophe and a fraud. No, thanks. Bob Braun’s Ledger
Star-Ledger Calls Christie “Overrated” and “Fraudulent”—and Then Endorses Him? Daily Kos
NJ Star-Ledger endorses Christie with ‘deep reservations’ CNN
Ledger Editorial Convinces Me: Newspapers Shouldn’t Endorse Candidates Channel Surfing
Monmouth County Dems Falsely Allege That Red Bank Council Candidate Sean DiSomma Has Warrant Out His For Arrest More Monmouth Musings*
Democrats question Red Bank GOP candidate’s background Asbury Park PressSGA Votes Down Marriage Equality Support Bill Wired Jersey*
Environmental Coalition Releases Sandy Report Cards NJTV*
Oceanville Wildlife Refuge to Get Sandy Relief Money NJTV*
One Year Since Sandy, Little has Changed on Fielder Avenue, Ortley Beach WNYC/NJPR
Super Bowl Organizers Tout Transit Readiness for New Jersey-Hosted Game WNYC/NJPR
Nutley: One year after Sandy Nutley Sun
1,000 Guests Expected for Sandy Commemoration Ceremony Long Beach Patch
Newark’s Mayoral Candidates Take Part in Spiritied Forum on Education WBGO News
Health-care website foul-ups stall N.J. insurers’ plan for easier access The Record
Shop failed electric inspection before boardwalk fire Associated Press
Commentary: Increasing the minimum wage a no-brainer NewsWorks*
$162M announced for Atlantic Coast storm defenses Associated Press
Atlantic City organization to receive federal funds to keep Sandy-impacted youth from falling prey to human trafficking Press of Atlantic City
New police force a boon for Camden’s businesses Trentonian
Sharpe James Memoirs revealed in a new book entitled Political Prisoner Glocally Newark*
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