All over for Auggie after five decades
According to a news account, another hit of double digit layoffs at the Jersey Journal caught up to the five decades career of Augie Torres.
The online political website Politico wrote:
|Augie Torres (l) at a HudCo event pictured with Mayor Richard Turner of Weehawken|
is a very talented writer who authored the Political Insider column since 2004. He didn’t write about Hoboken often but when he did, he
packed a punch and remarkably would often get a lot correct.
In the summer of 2012, he
hit a grand slam out of the stadium writing of the Bajardi v Pincus now
infamous SLAPP-suit in his sidebar notes:
anyone say about the rhetoric coming out about a $ 2 million lawsuit
less-than-shy political operative Lane Bajardi
than familiar with the details of Lane Bajardi and his wife, Kimberly Cardinal
Bajardi and their allegations in a 170 page frivolous SLAPP but – he knew of
and had encountered like many local media the obsessive frothings of Lane
with MSV, he did speak about his infrequent Hoboken coverage and his run-in
with the rabid Beth Mason SLAPPer. (Da Horsey was ordered to gather witnesses
for the SLAPP trial.)
horse; he didn’t like him. Didn’t want anything to do with him and certainly
didn’t want him anywhere near his stuff as he called it. He knew enough to
know a political operative when he saw/dealt with one.
called a spade a spade. Fortunately for him, unlike others, he was never sought
out for political assasination and added to the SLAPP-suit with a bounty of
$2,000,000 placed over his head for calling Lane Bajardi a political operative.
(That was the going rate if you didn’t already know.)
certainly was seen far more widely by many more readers then that reference to
Lane Bajardi made on obscure Hoboken Patch political blogs. Lucky for him, he
wasn’t a Masonic target.
when a call came his way years into the SLAPP-suit thinking Beth Mason had
given up the ghost. His departure from the scene will be a void unfulfilled as
he takes decades of stories and characters with him into the sunset after the
at the Reporter as the senior political denizen on the scene. While that
Between the Lines column does somewhat better on Hudson County, its track
record on Hoboken falls below sea level often. It doesn’t approach the
Political Insider by a long shot. (How’s the Mayor Zimmer resignation
prediction working out? The HR editors and publishers are in an official
mourning period with the SLAPP-suit illuminated and its political column
remained totally silent with the mammoth First Amendment and frivolous
columnists with enough stature to elevate the First Amendment issues
surrounding the Hoboken SLAPP-suit but chose not to.
golden nugget inadvertently to the defendants about a “less-than-shy”
Beth Mason political operative. He wrote the truth.