Had a great conversation with New Jersey first Lt. Governor today, Kim Guadagno. We discussed the latest proposal to raise the gas tax, the Governor’s bold idea to reduce property taxes and a little Star Wars…
The Star Wars conversation was in reference to the ‘Lightsaber’ I brought into the studio courtesy of our Chasing News Senior Producer Jason M. Rosenberg. It was part of my message this week pushing back on #DarthOroho, the Republican State Senator pushing for a higher gas tax. Oroho has been using scare tactics about the financial depletion of the Transportation Trust Fund and the ‘imminent danger’ facing commuters from NJ’s infrastructure. Of course, as is typically the case in politics, much of what is being used to justify a huge burden on working and middle class families is an exaggeration.
It only comes once a year but when it’s here you gotta celebrate. Our executive producer Jerry Burke has a birthday today. Thought I’d spend a minute sharing a bit about the guy who has served as a mentor, friend and leader for the past few years as I made a dramatic transition out of a stable, successful corporate career into the chaos of media.
Jerry is a friend, a mentor and what we refer to in the TV business as my ‘Rabbi’. Arguably one of the smartest, most creative and most clever talents I’ve ever had as a boss. Jerry is the Executive Producer for our nightly news show, Chasing News. He’s been in the TV business for a long time serving as as producer on Inside Edition, A Current Affair and as the daytime head for Fox New Channel. He’s worked directly with TV legends like Roger Ailes and has a wealth of experience and talent that he’s eager to share with up and coming talent in the business. It was Jerry who took the risk hiring a politician/real estate executive to host a new show on Fox TV that would be disruptive enough to change the way news is delivered into viewers homes.
You don’t often remember the first words a person says to you when you meet for the first time. I saw Jerry across the room making a bee-line for me as I entered the ramshackle, sort of studio at the Dow Jones building in Princeton. I planned to head into my day job late that day so I could stop by and interview with a reporter for a new show that probably would never air.
In the second Star Wars movie (Episode V actually) there’s a scene where Darth Vader explains to Lando Calrissian that he’s altered the original deal and he should pray he doesn’t alter it any further…
Kinda how it felt when Senator Steve Oroho came into our NJ 101.5 studio and explained that the people of New Jersey should understand that in order to create lower taxes overall they would have to accept higher taxes on gas. Hmm. I was skeptical of course but heard him out. Turns out at the time of the interview last week, the increase in the per gallon gas tax on NJ commuters would be $0.23. After some digging and analysis of the actual plan two things happened between last week’s interview and today. First the gas tax increase may be as high as $0.375 per gallon AND the income tax deduction that would’ve helped offset the higher cost of working families disappeared.
Tell Senator Oroho our answer is simple. #NOGASTAX
Spent the better part of the week on the air hoping to shed some light on the outrageous attempt of several legislators in Trenton to raise the gas tax in New Jersey $0.23 per gallon. Currently the tax stands at $0.145 per gallon so the increase will put the total government take at close to forty cents on every gallon of gas.
The proponents will tell you that the roads and bridges in the Garden State are falling apart and it’s only a matter of time before we have a Minnesota-style collapse here.
Is that Sparky Lyle? Yup. That’s him.
Legendary Cy Young award winning major league relief pitcher who pitched his way to an exemplary career with Boston, New York and Philly. For the past few weeks I’ve been making the rounds with my colleague from Chasing News, Jessica Nutt to minor league ballparks around the Garden State.
It’s gotten to the point where someone came up to me at a recent speech I delivered and had a pressing question before I went on, pulling me aside, asking me to explain the joke. Oh boy.
Quite a morning on the air today. My day got jumpstarted by an article about State Senator Steve Oroho who has already conceded that the gas tax will be raised and wants to offset the tax with an income tax deduction. Wow. What a shell game being played by the NJ Legislature. More specifically the Republicans. I’ll get to them in a minute.
(not everyone will get this title but for those of you who do, you’re welcome)
Tuesday, June 7th. Yup, Primary Election Day in a handful of states. Does it matter? The election is irrelevant because we’re well on the way to be a close General Election match up between Hillary and Trump? Well, not so fast. Tomorrow’s election actually may have a significant impact on the next couple months leading up to the Democratic and Republican conventions and into November.
Had a great guest on the radio this morning, Jay Pharoah.
A couple takeaways, first, he’s hilarious. Second, I grew up calling the candy spread on ice cream, Jimmies. Some call it sprinkles. Now, so do I. Listen to Jay’s take on the name and you’ll see why.