As more people turn from newspapers to TV for local news, reporters are losing jobs and voters are losing information. In 2000, 39 full-time reporters covered the State of New Jersey’s government in Trenton. It’s now down to 15 and 9 of them work for Newark’s Star-Ledger and Bergen County’s The Record, which are merging their state bureaus. A single reporter is assigned the 2013 gubernatorial race.
Recent polling conducted by Public Policy Polling had Governor Christie trailing potential Democrat contender, Newark mayor Cory Booker, for the governor’s seat in 2013, and Christie tied with Bruce Springsteen who is not expected to run, despite how he was born.
Info: American Journalism Review, www.ajr.org.