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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Readers' eyes are rolling at another front page full of political spin and speculation

From Jimmy Margulies, Sunday political cartoonist at The Record of Woodland Park. Republican Donald J. Trump will be sworn in on Friday as the 45th president of the United States.


The only relief from more political spin and speculation on The Record's front page today is a story about the North Jersey minnow. 

Yes. The big fish in the Woodland Park newsroom couldn't find anything more interesting for Page 1 than a "superfish" the size of a guppy you can't eat (1A).

Poor Kim Guadagno, the lieutenant governor who has labored in Governor Christie's large shadow for seven years, sees her "compassionate conservative message" dumped on Page 4A.

Guadagno launched her campaign for governor on Tuesday in Keansburg.

But on the front page, the spotlight is on burned-out Trenton reporter Charles Stile, who peddles yet another political column on "image" (1A).

And on 4A, State House Bureau reporter Dustin Racioppi ignores Guadagno's platform and spends most of his story comparing her to the GOP thug who surely is the worst governor in New Jersey history.

Local news?

One positive change since the Gannett Co. redesigned the print edition in November is that a reporter has started covering Hackensack Board of Education meetings (3L). 

Staff Writer Rodrigo Torrejon also covers Maywood and South Hackensack.