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1 Star-Ledger Plaza in Newark, the former home of the Star-Ledger. The building was sold in 2014. Photo courtesy of Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

Star-Ledger skips Murphy holiday party

Apparent boycott of Drumthwacket event

By David Wildstein, December 01 2018 2:37 pm

The Star-Ledger, which continues to act as if they were in a position of strength, appeared to mostly boycott Gov. Phil Murphy’s holiday party for the press at Drumthwacket last Thursday.

None of the Star-Ledger reporters to attend the reception attended.   Only Star-Ledger editorial page editor Tom Moran, who marches to his own drummer, showed up.

Murphy and the Star-Ledger have had a strained relationship since June, when the once-influential newspaper printed a controversial story about a member of the governor’s family.  Much of the anger is reportedly aimed at NJ Advance Media Vice President/Content Kevin Whitmer, although some Star-Ledger reporters are also not held in the highest esteem.

The issues between the Star-Ledger and the Governor of New Jersey is not new.  The media group faced challenges getting along with Chris Christie, Jon Corzine and James E. McGreevey as well.

Once New Jersey’s premier daily newspaper, the Star-Ledger has struggled to remain relevant in recent years.  Draconian budget cuts have led to a massive reduction in the number of reporters – the newspaper about 1/3 as many journalists today as they did fifteen years ago.

The Star-Ledger did not immediately respond to requests for comment at 12:02 PM.

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