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Gannett Says it Will Almost Eliminate Op-eds and Candidate Endorsements

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Ridgewood NJ, Gannett, which publishes USA Today and North Jersey Media is America’s largest newspaper chain says it will almost eliminate op-eds and candidate endorsements.

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Emails Show Murphy Administration Penalized Nurses at Veterans homes Who Wore Masks

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Paramus NJ, more news breaks over the Murphy administration bungling of the COVID response at New Jersey long term care facilities especially New Jersey’s Veterans homes.  According to North jersey media managers at New Jersey’s where more than 190 residents have died from COVID-19 not only barred employees from wearing protective masks during the first weeks of the outbreak, Norther Jersey goes on to say that ,”they devised a series of penalties with the help of Gov. Phil Murphy’s office against nurses who wore the homes’ masks without permission”.

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Is the Media in New Jersey Running Cover for Congressman Josh Gottheimer ?

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Mahwah NJ, sources tell the Ridgewood blog , several New Jersey media outlets appear to be colluding with Congressman Josh Gottheimer to suppress news coverage  on Republican challenger Frank Pallotta .  In two recent Trump rallies in both Ridgewood and Skylands that were covered by the Star Ledger and North Jersey media other candidates at these events were mentioned yet in both cases GOP challenger Frank Pallotta was omitted from coverage .

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North Jersey Media Continues its Crusade Against Ridgewood Mayor Susan Knudsen

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June 13,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, once again North Jersey media mischaracterizes events and continues their one sided crusade against Ridgewood Mayor Susan Knudsen .” In Election imbroglio cost Ridgewood taxpayers $1,400″

North Jersey media attempts to put the bill on Mayor Knudsen implying “A dispute over civil service law, which became a driving issue during this year’s council race, has cost village taxpayers $1,377 in legal fees.”, omitting the suit was brought by the usual list of suspects and encouraged by the erroneous reporting by North Jersey Media . In many people eyes the residents who pushed the bogus legal action should be held accountable for the bill of $1377.

North Jersey Media even turned to Councilman Jeffrey Voigt a dubious source at best , who “said he felt the statements affected the election, but added that he is more concerned that Knudsen used “town money to defend herself.” . Voigt is the same councilmen that sues residents who OPRA his council correspondences.

North Jersey Media once gain ignored the fact that New Jersey is a civil service state and Ridgewood is a civil service town . The civil service rules and regulations control the hiring practices of the Village of Ridgewood.

North Jersey Media has also refused to retract earlier reports that misstated hiring practices of the Village. and now they go as far as to misstate Village Attorney Matt Rogers report on a memo written by Labor Attorney Dominick Bratti that clearly put the issue to bed.

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Mayor loses ally at North Jersey Media


September 18,2015
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Ridgewood NJ , we had heard rumors since early September that Chris Harris of North Jersey Media  reportedly he gave NJMG 2 weeks notice. Its said according to sources he was going to write for People Magazine . Its turned out to be true and his last day was yesterday .

Readers were already asking, ” Mayors Mouth Piece Leaves North Jersey Media Where is the Mayors Press Secretary Chris Harris to put the spin on this story?” and some questioned , “WOW what is our Mayor going to do? He lost the editor of the Patch a few years back and now this. Who will spin his stories now?”

 Chris was frequently criticized on this blog for being a little to enamored with our Mayor Paul Aronsohn , some readers referring to him as the Mayors PR department at North Jersey Media .

On his twitter page he says he is the “Unflinching true crime reporter for People Magazine” . We wish him the best of luck and we are sure the Mayor will develop a new mouth piece at North Jersey Media shortly .

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Make it Up as You Go Along : U.S. attorney had to get creative in GWB lane-closure case


MAY 11, 2015, 10:01 PM    LAST UPDATED: TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2015, 8:51 AM

The crime of using a traffic jam for political retribution was never something Congress explicitly put in the federal statute books.

So U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman had to rely on laws Congress did pass as he built a criminal case in the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal against three of Governor Christie’s former appointees.

Fishman relied on Section 666 of Chapter 18 of the United States code, a law sometimes called a national ban on corruption that is intended to punish fraud, bribery, theft and embezzlement from agencies that receive federal funds. The law also makes it is a crime to “misapply” property of federal aid recipients.

“That’s what gives us a federal hook in this case over that crime,” Fishman said at a news conference May 1. “Congress decided it was important to make it a crime of federal jurisdiction if people take resources – money, bribes, things for their benefit or for the benefit of other people – from state and local agencies that get federal money.”

But whether that is a legitimate use of the statute is very much open to debate in the legal community. One law professor, who has called Section 666 a “stealth statute,” questioned whether Fishman stretched the law too far to fit the bridge scandal. A Washington, D.C., defense lawyer also warned Fishman’s interpretation could face a challenge in appeals courts. And a researcher at a centrist think tank said the charges are the equivalent of making politics a crime.

Fishman said the law had been used in many past corruption cases, including the convictions of former Newark Mayor Sharpe James, former Perth Amboy Mayor Joe Vas, and even former Passaic Mayor Joseph Lipari back in 1992.

Former federal prosecutors said Fishman did what the Justice Department has done for years: He applied laws that Congress intentionally left vague to the facts of the case before him.

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Reader says , With Bridgegate ; The Record continues to beat this dead non-story.


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Meanwhile they take the “what Difference Does it Make” approach to truly troubling stories… like presidential abuse of power in the Menendez and Tea Party cases or the Hillary Email-gate and FoundationFunding-gate national security issues.

That paper is not even fit for bird cages…

It is remarkable just how the media basically destroyed Christie with this relentless story, despite there being no evidence that Christie had any involvement in it. On the other hand, we have the leading contender to become the next President, and a far stronger set of circumstances that possibly involve all kinds of conflicts of interest and huge money, and the mainstream media are nowhere to be seen.

Our mainstream media is beyond corrupt.

That’s easy to explain. They would do it because they thought it would be what Christie wanted. They did it because it was punishment to “the other side”. Political campaign people get a little drunk on power and this is what appears to have happened. It’s no mystery when you want to come up with motives.

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North Jersey Media and the War on Chris Christie


May 9,2015
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Ridgewood NJ, Bridgegate : “The Fort Lee lane closure scandal, also known as the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal or Bridgegate,[1][2] is a U.S.political scandal in which a staff member and political appointees of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie collaborated to create traffic jams in Fort Lee, New Jersey by closing lanes at the toll plaza”

Ever since the Bridgegate or Bridgeapoolza scandal broke in September 2013 , North Jersey Media has lead a non stop crusade of attacks on Governor Chris Christie . Lets put a side the silliness of making a scandal out of a “traffic jam” at the George Washington Bridge …snore.

A scandal in scandal plagued New Jersey isn’t really much news , the selective coverage and attacks on Chris Christie are . Its funny how the same media ignores criticism of Senator Bob Menedez , Former Governor Florio, “Jim” McGreevey and the king of ineptitude Jon Corzine ,while turing a blind eye to the total destruction of the state once vibrant economy , pension short falls and government waste .All the sins of the last 20 years have now all been laid squarely at the foot of Chris Christie .

All they attacks on Christie have amounted to no more than the shocking revelation that he is a Dallas Cowboys fan and yes like ALL NEW JERSEY POLITICIANS  he appoints his friends to state jobs (shocker) .

But today I had to laugh when Record columnist Charles Stile tried to equate and tie Governor Chris Christie to the NFL’s deflate gate .  .

Meanwhile one of the largest financial fiasco’s in Bergen County history the American Dream Mall formerly know as Jim McGreevey’s , Bob Menendez and Boss Joe Ferriero’s Xanadu lies as a grim monument to vulgarity. Xanadu is nothing more than a great white elephant and reminder of the abject greed and stupidity that motivates our public officials .

Once again we ask “who is the idiot that thought the state needed to build a mall in Bergen County ?”

Xanadu ie..American Dream Meadowlands  (ADM) is a retail and entertainment complex located in the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. It was first proposed in 2003 by the Mills Corporation as the Meadowlands Xanadu. After the bankruptcy of that company in 2007, the project was taken over by Colony Capital. In May 2009, construction stalled due to the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers.

In the last 20 years the New Jersey media in general and North Jersey media in particular have supported and misrepresented every issue in the favor of its big government friends never questioning  the claims , the cost or the consequences.
Now the the states economic resources have fled ,the roads are crumbling , pensions are underfunded and taxes continue to raise making this state an economic white elephant .
And still no word from North Jersey Media ….