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Star-Ledger changed Murphy story for print edition, but not online

Governor’s staff said methodology was flawed

By David Wildstein, January 07 2020 11:44 am

The Star-Ledger changed a front page story on Gov. Phil Murphy’s out of state travel for their Monday print edition after one of the governor’s top aides took to Twitter to protest a misleading headline and deceptive information.

But the online version of the story, which was posted on NJ.com early Saturday, was not updated to include comments from Mahen Gunaratna, Murphy’s communications director.

The story claimed that Murphy spent all or part of 93 days out of New Jersey last year, but counted days where the governor away on official business or when he was away for just a couple of hours – like going to New York or Philadelphia for a TV interview.

“We explained to Matt Arco that the methodology is flawed,” Gunaratna said.  “If you’re the NJ Governor and drop by in NYC or Philly for a meeting, even after working a full day in Jersey, it shouldn’t tally against you as a day spent out of state. But this count does that.”

The New Jersey Globe reported Gunaratna’s response over the weekend.

Arco has not responded to a January 5 e-mail seeking comment.

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