For a moment there I started thinking that pot was already legal. That thought came to me as I was setting up in the press room prior to Phil Murphy's swearing-in as our new governor. A Bob Marley tune was playing on the sound system, the one that goes "Don't worry about a thing; everything's gonna be all right." It was followed by a Grateful Dead tune and then Van Morrison's "Into the Mystic." It sounded like someone had found a collection of marijuana smokers' greatest hits.
In an interview with the Star-Ledger, outgoing Gov. Chris Christie rated his performance during his eight years in office as a B-plus. As he leaves office today let me issue my own report card, broken down by subject. Christie took office in 2010 with state finances in a mess. The recession had hit hard the prior year and state revenues had dropped by 14 percent. He got the state budget back on track that year and slowed its annual growth in later years. So I'll give him an A.
In his final State of the State address last week, Gov. Christie listed as one of his accomplishments the state's recovery from Hurricane Sandy in 2012. He had a point. As someone who lives at Ground Zero of that storm, I have to say that the recovery was indeed quite rapid. Most of us had power restored in about two weeks. I got thinking of that when I heard from Bill Rosenblatt that he was heading off to Puerto Rico this weekend.
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".