Christie stumps in Bayonne for proposed state cuts
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HUDSON COUNTY -- In the first of a series of personal appeals, Gov. Christopher Christie came to Bayonne to help sell his proposals leading the state out of its fiscal crisis.

“I may not be the smartest man in a room or know the most, but I know how to listen, how to learn and how to lead,” he said, appearing before a small gathering at the Avenue C firehouse where business people, union representatives and others asked about the impact of his proposed cuts to the state budget. They also presented him with concerns over the environment, state regulations and taxation.

Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith said he had visited the governor last week to discuss some concerns of his own, especially over continued support for the development of the former Military Ocean Terminal and the fate of the Bayonne Bridge.

Both during that prior meeting and the visit to Bayonne, Christie said the fate of the Bayonne Bridge was high on his agenda, noting that the ports along Newark Bay were too valuable an economic engine for Northern New Jersey to allow shipping to go elsewhere along the East Coast. With a new fleet on container ships about to arrive, Bayonne Bridge poses an obstacle and will either have to be replaced or raised.

Christie promised that he would listen to the concerns of Bayonne about the impact.

Most of his talk, however, expanded on his 10-page March 16 speech, in which he outlined proposals that included a strict 2.5 percent spending cap for municipalities, cuts in state and school aid, and the proposed reshaping of many functions of state and local government, including possible changes to civil service and binding operations.

His harshest words, however, were against the very powerful teachers union, which he called “the 800 pound gorilla” that contributed heavily to the massive cost of operating the schools.

Christie said he had come to Bayonne because some of the changes Mayor Smith had made over the last 16 months were in line with some of the changes he had for the state.

“I will be going to other model communities,” he said.

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willbrett
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March 22, 2010
Obviously this guy has it in for, Mr. Sullivan.
asully
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March 22, 2010
The proper procedure is to talk to the editor, caren Matzner. But since you clearly got a distorted version of the truth. Your friend called up and started a diabribe, misquoting what was written, and refused to stop talking long enough for me to respond. then started yelling because I tried to stop her from continuing long enough for the information to be corrected.

If she wanted to make a statement, the proper venue is a letter to the editor, not screaming at a reporter with misinformation.

I get a lot of phone calls, most of them are respectful. Hers didn't even pretend to care about correct information. But as I said, the proper venue for complaints is the editor

JamesT565
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March 21, 2010
Not a letter just a request - When will you do something about Al Sullivan. A neighbor of mine a lovely elderly woman phoned last week to suggest to Sul.livan he consider writing on the gangs hanging around 22d Station and the conditions there which are worse then the other stations. Sullivan started yelling at her and defending himself even though she was not calilng to complain any of his reporting just offer a suggestion. She finally had to call the Hoboken editor Karen Metzger who was professional and told her she would speak with Sullivan about his behavior. It was a coincidence that this happened the week after I complained in a letter about how stale Sullivans articles are, I hoped for better this week yet every story is about a council or blra meeting and the stories tend to repeat the same information taking much of a paper that could report on more things. Why are your stories in the other editions better and when Sullivan is permitted to drone just beause we are in Bayonne and get the bilgewater.

In this weekly edition Sullivan writes about a project that an Eagle Scout completed seven months ago with no new information, arguably he held the story for seven months because I read about him in the Jersey months ago. As a former public relations professional (20 years at RRE) I noticed instantly there was nothing in the paper which I had not read already. Where is writing about all of the interesting things and people who are in bayonne besides Les Paul and Elvis now for the fourth time.

The art show last week and the intresting people all around us he is not covering because he writes what Anthony C had for breakfast. He fianlly wrote about the historic house this week but by now journal has written it well before he did and the story is more then a month old. Please talk to him so the paper is worth reading like the others.

Jim
JamesT565
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March 21, 2010
Not a letter just a request - When will you do something about Al Sullivan. A neighbor of mine a lovely elderly woman phoned last week to suggest to Sul.livan he consider writing on the gangs hanging around 22d Station and the conditions there which are worse then the other stations. Sullivan started yelling at her and defending himself even though she was not calilng to complain any of his reporting just offer a suggestion. She finally had to call the Hoboken editor Karen Metzger who was professional and told her she would speak with Sullivan about his behavior. It was a coincidence that this happened the week after I complained in a letter about how stale Sullivans articles are, I hoped for better this week yet every story is about a council or blra meeting and the stories tend to repeat the same information taking much of a paper that could report on more things. Why are your stories in the other editions better and when Sullivan is permitted to drone just beause we are in Bayonne and get the bilgewater.

In this weekly edition Sullivan writes about a project that an Eagle Scout completed seven months ago with no new information, arguably he held the story for seven months because I read about him in the Jersey months ago. As a former public relations professional (20 years at RRE) I noticed instantly there was nothing in the paper which I had not read already. Where is writing about all of the interesting things and people who are in bayonne besides Les Paul and Elvis now for the fourth time.

The art show last week and the intresting people all around us he is not covering because he writes what Anthony C had for breakfast. He fianlly wrote about the historic house this week but by now journal has written it well before he did and the story is more then a month old. Please talk to him so the paper is worth reading like the others.

Jim
JCangi3984
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March 18, 2010