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Is Obama in need of some Tom Foolery to not be isolated?

Is Obama in need of some Tom Foolery to not be isolated?
BY PATRICK MURRAY
COMMENTARY

One of the hardest things for a president to do is to stay in touch with the concerns of everyday folk. It's just the nature of holding a public office, but there are certainly degrees of distance. It is easier for a state legislator to mingle among the masses than it is for a governor. And it is much easier for a member of Congress to grab a bite in a local deli than it is for the President of the United States. Every public official is treated with some deference, but the higher up the political food chain, the more likely it is that encounters with the public will lack some authenticity.

I viewed the live news coverage of Barack Obama's visit to the Tastee Sub Shop in Edison last week with this in mind. I watched as he disembarked from Air Force One to greet Governor Christie and Mayor Booker — shaking the former's hand for a prolonged 34 seconds! [I've looked at the footage a few times and I'm still not sure who refused to let go.]

I watched as his motorcade pulled up to the shop, blocked from view by a strategically placed delivery truck. I watched people gathered behind barricades yards away wondering whether the President had arrived. Not very riveting stuff.

A while later, a news pool camera came to life and Obama spoke for a few minutes to selected members of the press corp. He talked about the meeting he just had with a handful of local small business owners and called for passage of tax credit legislation to aid small businesses. Then he was whisked off to New York to tape an episode of The View and headline a fundraiser.

 

What is the incentive for safe vehicles without New Jersey car inspections?

What is the incentive for safe vehicles without New Jersey car inspections?
BY ED FERNANDEZ
COMMENTARY

Driver safety. Passenger safety. Pedestrian safety.

For those of us in the transportation business, these are our guiding imperatives. For those of us with children, these a...

Balancing budget on backs of suburban taxpayers hurt Chris Christie’s grade for first six months as governor

Balancing budget on backs of suburban taxpayers hurt Chris Christie’s grade for first six months as governor
BY MURRAY SABRIN
COMMENTARY

Recently, The Record of Hackensack reviewed Governor Christie's first six months in office. Reporter John Reitmeyer reviewed the governor's promises kept and promises not m...

This Christie veto threatens New Jersey’s economy

This Christie veto threatens New Jersey’s economy
BY LOU GREENWALD
COMMENTARY

The facts are simple.

Home sales in New Jersey fell 23 percent in May and 27 percent in June. Those numbers are even scarier considering those are typically busy times for the...

Hyped Corzine-Katz e-mails reveal absolutely nothing

Hyped Corzine-Katz e-mails reveal absolutely nothing
BY CARL GOLDEN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

The Corzine-Katz e-mails (former Gov. Jon and former public employee union leader Carla) are finally out and they reveal — drum roll, please — absolutely n...

Pentagon losing control: Wikileaks and leaking Iraqi funds

Pentagon losing control: Wikileaks and leaking Iraqi funds
EDITORIAL CARTOON BY MIKE SCOTT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Blame Wikileaks if you must about the 92,000 documents they obtained about the war in Afghanistan, but something is really amiss at the Pentagon. Th...

New Jersey’s pension obligation on Christie’s hit list

New Jersey’s pension obligation on Christie’s hit list
BY PATRICK MURRAY
COMMENTARY

Numbers matter. Poll results, budget deficits, health statistics. Attach a number to any issue and it becomes reality. But sometimes a reality check is in order.

When this...

Sherrod case: Andrew Breitbart should be edited, too

Sherrod case: Andrew Breitbart should be edited, too
EDITORIAL CARTOON BY MIKE SCOTT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Liberal, conservative, whatever ... it doesn't matter. What matters most from the entire Shirley Sherrod affair is the shoddy "journalism" Andrew Br...

Keynes, Obama and the future

Keynes, Obama and the future
BY CHRISTOPHER W. YOUNG
COMMENTARY

Despite the overwhelming amount of commentary about the Great Depression and the recently labeled Great Recession, the United States has survived twelve or more panics...

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