N.J. Hospital Pulls Ads and Newsracks After ‘The Record’ Reports On Political Ties

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By: The Associated Press

New Jersey’s busiest hospital has pulled advertisements and halted newspaper deliveries following a story about its governing board.

The North Jersey Media Group, which publishes The Record of Hackenscak, says Hackensack University Medical Center canceled its online advertising contract.

It also told the newspaper to remove vending boxes from its property and stop delivering papers to the hospital’s gift shop.

The newspaper had reported Sunday on how various hospital board members help underwrite Bergen County’s Democratic leadership and how several trustees do business with the hospital.

A hospital spokeswoman declined to connect the hospital’s actions to the story. The spokeswoman said the hospital no longer distributes newspapers in boxes and is evaluating what publications it will sell.

North Jersey Media Group chairman Malcolm Borg says the explanation is “disingenuous at best” and the timing is “not coincidental.”

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