TheStateofNJ.com will be bookmarked by all of us who love and hate New Jersey politics in short order, probably right after you finish reading this post.
Fred Driscoll is the dead Governor behind this site. Students of New Jersey history will know that Alfred E.Driscoll was the first Governor under our current constitution. He succeeded Walter "Wally" Edge in 1947. Both Driscoll and Edge were Republicans. New Jersey has not elected two Republican governors consecutively since.
The modern day Driscoll seeks to succeed Politickenj's Wally Edge, who has "lost his Edge" according to Fred, as the web pundit who breaks the stories and drives the agenda in NJ.
Driscoll's content and Freditorials are funny, irreverent and brutally honest. The site reminds me of Dan Jacobson's Tri-City News in its wacky style. The current lead story on TheStateOfNJ, about an email exchange between NJGOP Chairman Tom Wilson and Rocco Riccio, will probably leave Wilson feeling about TheStateOfNJ the way former Red Bank Mayor Ed McKenna feels about Tri-City News. Not good.
Fred has keen insights into New Jersey politics. But the reason for this plug is his insights into the deminshing state of New Jersey's print media, especially this observation:
Speaking of Gannett, what happened to the once great Asbury Park Press? Reviews of recent editorials seem to indicate that the great blog MoreMonmouthMusings is driving its agenda. Honestly, read Art Gallagher for a while then wait a few days and you’ll read strikingly similar sentiments in the Press.
I don't know that that is so, but I like the sentiment.