Monday, October 21, 2013

The liberal Star-Ledger endorses Buono, right? Uh...

There's been no love lost between New Jersey's Republican Governor Chris Christie and the state's leading daily newspaper,The Star-Ledger, since Christie took office.

Chief editorial writer Tom Moran frequently takes the governor to task, with Christie-like bluntness, for a host of alleged shortcomings. Christie, in turn, berated Moran at a news conference and has refused to meet with the paper’s editorial board.

The governor’s supporters had good reason to expect that the Newark-based daily would recommend the election of Christie’s Democratic gubernatorial opponent, Barbara Buono,
in its anticipated endorsement editorial published yesterday 

As expected, the top half of the piece set up readers with observations like these:

"The property tax burden has grown sharply on his (Christie's) watch. He is hostile to low-income families, raising their tax burden and sabotaging efforts to build affordable housing. He’s been a catastrophe on the environment, draining $1 billion from clean energy funds and calling a cease-fire in the state’s fight against climate change.

"The governor’s claim to have fixed the state’s budget is fraudulent. New Jersey’s credit rating has dropped during his term, reflecting Wall Street’s judgment that he has dug the hole even deeper. He has no plan to finance transit projects and open space purchases now that he has nearly drained the dedicated funds he inherited from Gov. Jon Corzine.

Christie.JPG  Photo: Robert Sciarrino/The Star-Ledger

Then, the paper yanked out the rug,
by recommending that voters give the governor a second term.

Why? We won't spoil it for you. Read the full editorial here and the tirade it set off in the public comment section that followed the endorsement.

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