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PolitiFact launches in New Jersey

The Truth-O-Meter is in New Jersey.

PolitiFact New Jersey is the ninth state partnership for PolitiFact.com, the Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking website of the St. Petersburg Times.

The site was launched Friday by the Star-Ledger of Newark, the largest newspaper in New Jersey and the third in the Advance Publications chain to partner with PolitiFact. The other Advance papers are the Plain Dealer in Cleveland (PolitiFact Ohio) and the Oregonian in Portland (PolitiFact Oregon).

"New Jersey has a lively bunch of political characters who say lots of provocative things. We know the Truth-O-Meter will be very busy," said PolitiFact editor Bill Adair.

PolitiFact New Jersey, which can be found online at PolitiFactNJ.com, has the same journalistic approach and reader-friendly design as PolitiFact. It is integrated with the national site and uses PolitiFact's distinctive Truth-O-Meter to rate the accuracy of statements by public officials.

PolitiFact New Jersey will be edited by Caryn Shinske and staffed by writers Erin O'Neill and Bill Wichert.

Others in the national network of affiliate sites are PolitiFact Florida (St. Petersburg Times/Miami Herald), PolitiFact Georgia (Atlanta Journal Constitution), PolitiFact Rhode Island (Providence Journal), PolitiFact Texas (Austin American-Statesman), PolitiFact Virginia (Richmond Times-Dispatch) and PolitiFact Wisconsin (Journal-Sentinel).

PolitiFact launches in New Jersey 06/10/11 [Last modified: Friday, June 10, 2011 11:12pm]
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