Gannett Papers and Governor Chris Christie

In what may be an indication of what Milwaukee may expect from Gannett Newspapers when they complete their acquisition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel…six of their New Jersey papers have called for the resignation of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

Six New Jersey newspapers issued a joint editorial calling on Christie to resign following his failed presidential campaign and subsequent endorsement of Republican frontrunner Donald Trump.

“We’re fed up with Gov. Chris Christie’s arrogance,” the papers wrote. “We’re fed up with his opportunism. We’re fed up with his hypocrisy. We’re fed up with his sarcasm. We’re fed up with his long neglect of the state to pursue his own selfish agenda. We’re disgusted with his endorsement of Donald Trump after he spent months on the campaign trail trashing him, calling him unqualified by temperament and experience to be president.”

The newspapers — the Asbury Park Press, the Bridgewater Courier-News, the Cherry Hill Courier-Post, the East Brunswick Home News Tribune, the Vineland Daily Journal and the Morristown Daily Record, each owned by Gannett — published the call for Christie’s resignation a day after the governor held a contentious press conference where he refused to answer questions related to his endorsement of Trump because, he said, “I don’t want to.”

“For the good of the state, it’s time for Christie to do his long-neglected constituents a favor and resign as governor,” the papers wrote. “If he refuses, citizens should initiate a recall effort.”

The papers concluded: “New Jersey needs someone whose full attention is devoted to making life better for New Jersey’s citizens. That won’t happen until Christie steps down or is forced out.”

Some of this reminds me of our Governor Walker…at least the part about the inattention to the needs of Wisconsin and his protracted absences for his own campaign.

But then it gets worse for Governor Christie…the New Hampshire Union-Leader took back it’s endorsement of Governor Christie in his presidential bid:

The New Hampshire Union-Leader would like to take back everything nice it said about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

“Christie was our bad choice,” Joseph McQuaid, the publisher of the paper, wrote in an editorial on Monday night. “Boy, were we wrong.”


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3 thoughts on “Gannett Papers and Governor Chris Christie

  1. “In what may be an indication of what Milwaukee may expect from Gannett Newspapers when they complete their acquisition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel”
    No, sorry. Remember it was Gannett that spent months compiling and publishing lists of the salaries of Wisconsin public employees. And fired employees (non-journalists too) for signing the recall petition.
    They will still support Scooter. Count on it.

    1. Case in point for what Sue mentions:

      Yesterday the J-S’s Rick Romell wrote an article claiming a “10% increase” in private sector jobs in Wisconsin under the “gold standard” Quarterly Census on Employment and Wages (QCEW). 2 problems with that spin.

      1. The 1.25% increase was way below the US’s 2.3% increase in jobs (this was buried at the end of the article).

      2. The “increase” in private sector jobs happened in peak summer job season (July-Sept), and comes from a higher base number, which explains

      3. The RATE of job growth went DOWN. From 1.27% in the last period, to 1.25% in this one. This is well below the 1.9% rate of job growth we had in March 2011- when Act 10 was passed.

      Did points 2 and 3 make Romell’s article. No, no they did not. And it will stay out unless we call em out on it.

  2. Some of the media outlets in Wisconsin should really apologize for backing and supporting Walker after all these years, when it’s obvious the results shown, along with the vindictiveness of the administration have been huge detriments to our state. They never will, though.

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