Month: October 2016
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.
Not likely. Even if the current crusade by courageous community leader, Senator Kip Bateman is successful in forcing a vote it’s not gonna pass. Even if by some miracle the legislature voted to repeal the very tax they overwhelmingly supported, it would be met with a veto by the Governor who led the charge for the largest tax increase since Democratic Governor Jim Florio in the 1990’s.
This morning was more than a typical conversation with New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno. She comes into our New Jersey 101.5 studios every other Thursday for a special segment called “#DigginInWithKim”. Today she told me that the segment should be renamed, “Sparrin’ with Spadea”. Guess she’s been listening over the past two weeks as I’ve been very critical about the lack of leadership, particularly among Republicans in NJ to oppose the largest tax increase since the 1990’s. At one point during the discussion Kim mentioned that electing more Republicans will help solve the problem. But I countered by reminding her that it was due to the Republicans cowering under pressure from GOP Governor Christie and Democratic Senate President Sweeney that enabled the tax to be passed in the first place.
Today is a day to celebrate and reflect on a great contributor to Western civilization. Yup, the often vilified, largely mischaracterized explorer who discovered the new world. I’ve been saying for years that journalists and academics are so quick to judge historical characters in the context of today’s society instead of the society in which they actually lived and prospered. Columbus is among the most pilloried.
The gas tax battle came to an ugly end in the floor of the NJ senate today. Lawmakers voting 24-14 to put a huge new tax burden on middle and working class families. We’ll now turn our attention to the 24. They’re all up for reelection in 2017. #rememberinnovember. Oh and unicorns. Really.
— Bill Spadea (@BillSpadea) October 7, 2016