Month: April 2016

#BlueFriday: What Fighting Crime Is Really All About

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Blue Friday LogoK9 officer Achilles, along with Lt. Zsakhiem James and his handler Sgt. Allen Williams visited me at NJ101.5 on Friday to be our #BlueFriday honorees.

K9 officers like Achilles bridge the gap between the community and their handlers. Canine officers specifically help fight crimes and go places police officers can’t. Lieutenant Zsakhiem James recounted a story where his beloved fallen K9 officer Zero saved the day by stopping a criminal in an attic space who stabbed someone. You can hear the full story below.

Rent Free In Baraka’s Head

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Ras Barakas HeadHmm… Livin’ in Ras Baraka’s head rent free?  Yesterday I spent a good part of the morning discussing the incredible disservice that the Newark Mayor was doing to his residents by denying them job opportunities and affordable transportation.  Seems that instead of interacting in a constructive conversation about how to make the cab industry more competitive, the mayor chose to double down and attack the one company that is looking to help thousands of Newark residents lift themselves out of the tough economic circumstances that currently surround them.  Uber is a safe, efficient and affordable alternative to current transportation options in Newark.  The company is poised to help people on the consumer and entrepreneurial sides of the equation.  They should be encouraged not attacked.  The regulations and fees currently in place should be reduced for competitors like cabs in order to truly level the playing field for all.  Instead, Baraka decided to attack Uber and continue the narrative of half truths and fear tactics in order to get his way.  

Check out my interview with Uber from yesterday:

And here is the Mayor’s ignorant response to the overwhelming number of calls he received from our listeners:

Decide for yourself and then call him to let him know it’s time to #FreeUber (973) 733-6400.

 

ON THE RADIO – General Manager of Uber: Newark is not leveling the playing field

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On Thursday morning, I had a chance to speak with Ana Mahoney, the General Manager of Uber, on my NJ101.5 radio show.  She detailed the ways in which Newark seems to be aggressively fighting against Uber.

#FreeUber

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Newark Vs UberThe showdown is coming next week.  Newark city government taking on Uber with regulations and fees that will likely drive the entrepreneurial giant that has revolutionized local transportation out of the city limits.  Uber is a rideshare program that empowers drivers to use their own cars to serve as a less expensive and app driven service that I call, “the car service for the rest of us.”  Background checks, insurance and cashless transactions driven by an app on customer’s mobiles phones all add up to a hugely successful business model that has changed the way many of us get around in cities and the suburbs.

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CHASING NEWS: Driving While Black In Bloomfield

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Last night on Chasing News, Rohan Mohanty covered the idea of racial profiling of non-Caucasian drivers resulting in questioning or traffic stops of an individual just based on their skin color.

Is it being practiced in New Jersey?

Seton Hall Law professor Mark Denbeaux enlisted students for research to try to find out if the town of Bloomfield NJ is engaging in these practices.

Watch to see the results of the study and the unhappy responses from Bloomfield Police and mayor.

Sometimes A Ticket Is Just A Ticket

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The idea that a town is profiling drivers for tickets based on race has been raised many times in the post-Ferguson media world anytime a group or politician needs a headline to show how racially sensitive they are compared to the rest of us.  The latest foray into race-baiting false narratives comes from the New Jersey town of Bloomfield where a bunch of college kids at the behest of their college professor sat in traffic court and passed judgement on a police force for writing a disproportionate number of tickets to minority drivers.  Not disproportionate to the number of traffic violations, not disproportionate to the high traffic areas where the tickets were issued, disproportionate to the racial makeup of the town itself.  Gimme a break.  Since when do traffic stops have to reflect racial diversity?  I thought traffic stops had to do with people breaking traffic laws?  

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Opposition Is Not Bigotry

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On Monday night the Pascack Valley Board of Education voted six to one in favor of a policy that will allow male students identifying as female to use the women’s restroom and locker room.  It’s been called a policy that will eliminate discrimination of transgender students, one that will comply with anti-bullying laws and something that is necessary to address a serious issue.  What issue is that exactly?  Is this a problem so rampant among school children that it requires a policy that will change the nature of gender specific teams, restrooms and locker rooms?

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Curb Mandatory Recycling Now

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Internet_icon_6We’ve become so accustomed to the mandatory recycling programs in our communities that barely anyone dares question the motivation, the logic and certainly not the cost.  As the NJ legislature considers a bottle and can tax for Garden Staters (in political speak: deposit) I thought it would be the perfect time to bring up the subject.  The mandatory recycling goes back to the late 1980’s so for many kids today they only know what’s been promoted by the government through aggressive campaigning and yes, propaganda spread through ‘Green Initiatives’ in school on taxpayer funds.  Of course to find out why a failed idea (speaking specifically to government programs) is so widely implemented and praised all ya gotta do is #FollowTheMoney…

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No… Senator Beck Is Not Running For Governor.

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State Senator Jennifer Beck (R) New Jersey

Had a great conversation with New Jersey State Senator Jennifer Beck earlier today on the morning show.  It’s clear that she’s one of the few Jersey politicians who’s not afraid to speak her mind and stand up for her constituents.  Our conversation ranged from Atlantic City to the Gas Tax to whether she was considering a run for Governor.  Best part was that she was able to jump right into the conversation immediately as she walked in from the parking lot.  No delay, no break, just a real conversation about issues impacting you.

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#FreeTheFoodTrucks

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It’s time for the municipal government in Seaside Park to step up and allow the free market to flourish once again!  Since 2010 there’s been a ban on food trucks having access to Ocean Avenue.  It’s been said that the ban was about public safety and possibly to protect the restaurants already established in the town.

Notwithstanding the provisions of any ordinance to the contrary, no trailer or semitrailer designed for the hauling or transportation of goods or merchandise, or truck tractor designed for the hauling of such trailer or semitrailer, shall be located, maintained or stored on any premises, or any street in the Borough of Seaside Park, whether resting on wheels, blocks, or other support, except for the active delivery of goods, equipments and/or material to such premises.

Seaside Park 

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