Friday January 20th marks the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States. President Donald Trump took the oath of office at noon and a new era of politics began. As Piers Morgan put it in a tweet…
Brits love Obama.
Americans took a long hard look at his 8yrs in power & replaced him with his complete opposite. https://t.co/N8L4ozisMB
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 19, 2017
So the Trump era begins. We’ll have to see how the new President’s policies impact the economy and security in our region. I’m confident that his plan and leadership ability will be enough to succeed and earn him a second term. More on the President in later blogs…for now, the race to Drumthwacket begins in earnest.
Yesterday was a holiday in honor of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I thought it would be appropriate to share some of my thoughts on the man and his mission to stand against injustice. Dr. King stood for racial equality in the face of institutionalized racism. Here’s a quick reference of some of his accomplishments from the King Center Website. It’s important that holiday’s like yesterday are more than just a day off. It’s time for all of us to understand our history and celebrate the accomplishments of a great man.
We’ve had a busy few days over the past weekend between the Red Forum with Kevin Meara and City of Angels, NJ on Friday at Rider University to the event that I co-hosted with Jessica Nutt at Bar Anticipation for the Fifth Annual Big Man’s Birthday Bash raising money for CFC Loud & Clear Foundation and The Overdose Prevention Agency Corporation (TOPAC). Nick Clemons put on an incredible show on behalf of his late father and Jessica and I were honored to be a part of it. Read the rest of this entry »
Comedian/Actor Carlo Bellario got caught up on the wrong side of New Jersey’s stringent gun laws. Last year while performing the role of a drug dealer’s body guard for an independent film he was arrested. The charge was related to the toy pellet gun he was using as a prop for the film role. The gun was an airsoft toy (available at sporting goods stores across NJ) but without the orange tip required on toy guns in New Jersey, it looked real to the neighbors who called police. On Monday this week Carlo accepted a plea deal from the prosecutor and was sentenced to two years probation.
This morning’s segment of #DigginInWithKim took quite a turn. Lt. Gov Kim Guadagno took the opportunity to agree with me and present her position on why we need to vote no on the ballot question regarding the Transportation Trust Fund. During the broadcast, the Governor’s spokesman issued a statement attacking Kim G going so far as to say this must be a misunderstanding. It would be difficult to find a more arrogant, out-of-touch and ignorant politician in America today. His approval ratings speak volumes considering that he’s lower than anyone in NJ, including the guy under indictment.
It’s time to stand up to the corruption and mismanagement in New Jersey Government. If you really are sick and tired of your taxes going up then stand with me in opposition to Question #2 on the Ballot this November 8th. Governor Christie wants you to vote yes in order to dedicate the gas tax to the Transportation Trust Fund. That might sound like a good idea at first…but the minute you dig a little deeper you see the real scam that will hurt all of us in New Jersey.
On Friday night the deputy Chief of the Middletown Police Department organized a ceremony at the start of the local high school football game to honor local law enforcement. The State Police Pipes and Drum Corps participated along with members of the local departments, mounted police and sheriff’s departments. Given the climate of anti-police rhetoric spurred on by members of the media and political leaders, right up to the President of the United States, ceremonies like this are important demonstrations of support for law enforcement.
Today’s #BlueFriday segment honoring local law enforcement was special and slightly different. We honored a local hero, recognized the struggle that some departments are having recruiting new cops given the media climate promoting an anti-cop sentiment.
You never know what’s gonna happen in the course of the morning show.
Today while discussing the impact of Wednesday night’s debate and the candidate exchanges I got into a twitter ‘battle’ with Alec Baldwin.
Someone tweeted about a plan for a celebrity exit list if Trump wins the presidency and I responded mentioned that issue surrounding Alec Baldwin possible leaving the country if George W. Bush was elected.
Woke up this morning and prepared for the show as I always do. Today I came across an announcement from the Monmouth County Freeholders. Now full disclosure, I’ve known Serena DiMaso for many years and highly respect her as an outstanding public servant. That said, the message in this announcement is damaging, disingenuous and inappropriate. The term “Price Gouging” is often thrown around by politicians as a way of exerting their influence over the private market to intimidate businesses into the submission of price controls. This was especially prevalent during the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
There are two points that are critical here.