There really isn’t another word than “local” for what local news does (no, hyperlocal doesn’t count). Local news’ strength and mere presence has been threatened in the roiling journalism industry — but a number of initiatives are stepping up to help fill the void. In the past few years, local journalism — especially the traditional models of TV news and newspapers — has struggled to adapt to the challenges of digital advertising and platforms, as national-level organizations have greater scale to soak up subscription dollars and chase heavy-hitting stories. It’s not a new tale, but as the media landscape (and the Facebook landscape, the political landscape, the news group ownership landscape, etc.) continues to shift and everyone remembers the importance of quality local news to democracy, there are a number of rising initiatives focused on (and with funding for) local news. There’s also a solid group Continue reading "Who’s who in local news: A guide to the biggest brains and bank accounts in the fight for local journalism"
While paddle boarding off the Jersey Shore this past weekend, Brian Shea captured footage of his extremely close encounter with a humpback whale. The New Jersey resident told NBC New York that he took his board out on Saturday in the hopes of seeing a humpback in the water after witnessing a couple of the mammals feeding near the beach recently. He stated that the conditions for whale watching were excellent. Bringing his GoPro with him while paddle boarding, Shea noticed the whale swimming roughly twenty feet from his board. All of a sudden, the humpback broke through the surface immediately next to him. “With regards to Saturday’s really close encounter, I was more in awe than afraid as I’ve gotten used to being so close to them and view the entire experience as something I’m so fortunate to see in nature,” he said. His daughter, however, explained that she Continue reading "Watch This Paddleboarder’s Insane Close Encounter With a Humpback Whale"
Democrat Phil Murphy has won the New Jersey gubernatorial race, beating Republican Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno. Murphy served as U.S. ambassador to Germany from 2009 to 2013, and he worked for over 20 years at Goldman Sachs. Governor Chris Christie‘s approval rating recently hit 14 percent, and a report from Politico this morning looks at how his low popularity may have factored into this race:
As Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno vied for last-minute votes over the frenzied final days of the New Jersey governor’s race, Chris Christie never showed up on the stump. In fact, the governor has not appeared in public once to support Guadagno, who has been by his side for more than eight years. With Christie’s approval hitting 14 percent among likely voters in a recent poll, it’s not hard to not see why. Once considered by many to be the future of the Republican Continue reading "BREAKING: Phil Murphy Wins New Jersey Governor’s Race"
In a highly-recommended interview out of GQ today, New Jersey governor and former Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie spoke about his efforts to combat the opioid crisis in his home state of New Jersey, and now nationally. As the head of President Donald Trump’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioids Crisis, Christie has been spearheading the effort to tackle the deadly addiction crisis in America. As the piece points out, this is a personal issue for the governor, who lost a close friend from his law-school years to a crippling Percocet addiction. Since his friends death in 2014, Christie has fought more passionately than ever in NJ to address the crisis. A standout detail in the piece comes when it touches on Christie’s work with Trump. Apparently, in an effort to cater to the president’s learning patterns, Christie personally edited a draft of the commission’s opioid report “to Continue reading "Chris Christie Had To Edit Opioid Report to 1/3 Size so Trump Would Read It"
According to a report from NJ.com, the Republican National Committee isn’t too committed to New Jersey’s gubernatorial race for a reason that will surprise no one — the Republican candidate, Kim Guadagno, has reportedly been perceived as disloyal to President Trump. Specifically, Guadagno has criticized Trump for the president’s sexist comments, particularly with regard to Trump’s subpar apology for his crude comments on the famous “Access Hollywood” tape, in which Trump seemed to be boasting about sexual assault. Guadagno, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie‘s lieutenant governor, responded by stating this in a tweet: “No apology can excuse away Mr. Trump’s reprehensible comments degrading women. We’re raising my 3 boys to be better than that.”
“[The president] is unhappy with anyone Continue reading "RNC Reportedly Refuses to Back Female NJ Governor Candidate…Who Criticized Trump’s Comments on Women"
No apology can excuse away Mr. Trump's reprehensible comments degrading women. We're raising my 3 boys to be better than that.— Kim Guadagno (@KimGuadagnoNJ) October 8, 2016
MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace took a moment during her interview with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to press him on that now-infamous beach photo and his waning public image in the state. After talking with him at some length about Russia and that Donald Trump Jr. meeting, Wallace told him that she was thrown by his “indifference” to his image after that photo came out when she knows that’s not the kind of person he is. She asked, “Why don’t you care how you’re perceived?” Christie said he does care, but once again insisted, “I’m not gonna sacrifice my family for public perception… I had to make a choice between political optics and my family.” Wallace repeatedly asked him if maybe there was a way to avoid this PR disaster, asking at one point, “Should you have stayed inside?” Christie continued to say that it was the Continue reading "Nicolle Wallace and Chris Christie Tussle Over Beach Photos: ‘Should You Have Stayed Inside?’"
Between the upcoming G20 and renewed fears of North Korea, most of the morning shows were dominated by the weeds of geopolitics. On the set of Morning Joe, however, co-host Mika Brzezinski took a moment to dissect that rather unflattering photo of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie sunning himself at the beach. For anyone who missed it yesterday, the governor took some heat after taking in some R&R on a local beach, closed due to a government shutdown. Christie made matters worse when he seemed to suggest in a press conference that he didn’t visit any beaches during the period in question. That all didn’t sit well for Brzezinski who bluntly chided Christie for his actions. “I just think it’s kind of rude,” she said before looking into the camera — seemingly to directly scold the governor. “That beach was closed. Why do you think you’ve better than everybody Continue reading "Mika Brzezinski To Chris Christie: ‘Why Do You Think You’re Better Than Everybody Else?’"