Things That Matter to NJ Media

You can excerpt lines from Fawlty Towers to apply to almost any situation. For example*:
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Sums up perfectly how I feel every time a ‘journalist’ granted access to a politician on account of their fawning skills (and ability to masquerade them) brings up crucial topics like property taxes or pension underfunding without the wherewithal or inclination to pursue the answers because those issues are not of primary importance to them. For example here are some questions, the stump-speech answers, and we move on.


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In the first clip it is Tom Moran of the Star Ledger asking and moving on after getting the pat response. The question that really matters to him is about Murphy’s position on forcing New Jersey local governments and other entities to keep having to place legal ads in newspapers, a massive waste of taxpayer money that also happens to be picking up a large chunk of Moran’s salary.

The other clips are from state-funded television shows that New Jersey outsources to non-profit organizations to produce who then pay out half-million dollar salary and benefits packages to their principals. I have not watched all the NJTV public affairs programs but I doubt any of the invited politicians ever had to face that question.

From 990 form for 2014 for Caucus Educational Corp.:

From 990 form for 2014 for Public Media, Inc.:

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* The line in more context:
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10 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Anonymous on October 27, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Omg who the heck wants to listen to Chris Christie anymore

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  2. Posted by Tough Love on October 27, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Murphy’s local appearances are “managed” exactly the OPPOSITE of how Christie said he accepts audience questions.

    Murphy’s “handlers” hand out cards for audience members to write down questions ….from which Murphy chooses which ones to answer. No unscripted questions from the audience allowed. Too risky for him because someone might ask a tough question for which EVERY answewr would piss off some constituency.

    Examples………….

    Answer definitively, will you or will you not extend the 2% cap on Police arbitration awards. We need to know what you intend to do BEFORE the Nov. election, NOT at the end of December when a final report on the Cap’s effectiveness is published.

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    Why should we not IMMEDIATELY put all NEW NJ gov’t workers into DC Plans, given that the current DB Plans are clearly unaffordable, and MUCH more generous than the retirement security Plans that NJ’s Private Sector Taxpayers get from their employers?

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    Given that only PAST (but not FUTURE) service pension accruals are protected from reduction in Private Sector pension Plans, why should NJ’s Gov’t workers get greater protection from reductions (i.e., for their FUTURE Service) than NJ’s Taxpayers that are called upon to pay for 80% to 90% of the total cost of Public Sector pensions?

    or

    Why, when employer-sponsored retiree healthcare subsidies are all but gone in Corporate America (and in NJ), what justifies making NJ’s Taxpayers (who very very very rarely get such employer-sponsored benefits) pay for retiree healthcare benefits for NJ’s Public Sector workers?

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    He’s a coward, and NJ’s citizens are being hoodwinked.

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  3. Posted by Anonymous on October 28, 2017 at 12:30 am

    Bwahahaha, Christie is a horrible bully that’s why he is TL’s hero.

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  4. Posted by boscoe on October 28, 2017 at 10:23 am

    Bring back the late and lamented Dunston McNichol of the Star-Ledger back when that paper actually had reporters who dig. Dusty could ask politicians complex questions (e.g., on pension funding) that he already knew the answers to, and do it with a cherubic smile.

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  5. Posted by Tough Love on October 28, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    Excellent commentary …..especially on Phil Murphy’s shortfalls. While Guadagno isn’t ideal, the Union-Ass-Kissing Murphy will assuredly hand the keys to NJ’s Treasury to the Public Sector Unions/workers.

    http://www.app.com/story/opinion/editorials/2017/10/27/guadagno-nj-governor-endorsement-asbury-park-press/107072226/

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    • Posted by Anonymous on October 30, 2017 at 5:50 am

      Bwahahaha you are shivering in your gold slippers! Just move out of Jersey after its the worst managed state according to you. I guess you are a masochist

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      • You’re probably commenting while you should be working.Then again,I do more by accident than you so-called servants ever do work wise.

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        • Posted by PS Drone on October 31, 2017 at 6:42 pm

          We could reduce their numbers by at least 1/3rd and no one would notice. Sad. Public Sector jobs programs do not work in the long term, particularly when economic times get tough.

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          • Posted by Tough Love on October 31, 2017 at 8:19 pm

            Over the next 5 to 10 years a GREAT MANY Public Sector workers are also going to find that STEALING for the Taxpayers in the form of unnecessary, unjust, unfair, and unaffordable pensions & benefits doesn’t work either.

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