Just as Sandy had made him a star, Bridgegate made him a pariah. By the time he started running for president, he was already failing in New Jersey. I recall Chris Christie’s first interview with our editorial board after he won the 2009 election. We asked what had changed in his life now that he was governor of New Jersey. He said the perk he enjoyed the most at that point: when the governor went through a Hudson River tunnel, police shut it down. There was no traffic at all.
The Christie era is ending. An administration that began with so much promise ends not with the roar of the crowd, but of the lion baring his teeth one last time. As my colleague Charles Stile noted Wednesday, after Gov.-elect Phil Murphy sent letters to senior leadership at NJ Transit asking for their resignations by Thursday, Gov. Chris Christie larded up various state board with cronies, loyalists, and for all I know since there are 83 names on the list by my count, his dry cleaner, as well.
Someone tweeted to me this morning that if Phil Murphy could fix NJ Transit, he would be governor for life. I would go further — make him king. That sounds like hyperbole, but when you depend on NJ Transit to get to work and to get home and you want to do both in the same day, hyperbole comes easily. It’s the trains that do not. I once debated whether I could write a column entirely through tweets. After my Tuesday evening commute, I realized I just had.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".