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Recovery Events and the Fight to End the Heroin Epidemic In New Jersey

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C1g92FYWEAA6k1aWe’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 »

Carlo Doesn’t Go To Jail

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carlo-bellarioComedian/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.

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#VoteNoOnTwo

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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.

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#SparrinWithSpadea

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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.

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#RememberInNovember

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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.

You Know You’re Talkin’ to a Lawyer When…

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Governor Christie and I had a tough conversation a couple months ago on my morning show.  He dismissed my question about the Transportation Trust Fund paying for a “light rail project”…essentially saying that the TTF money would only be allocated to the roads, provided the voters pass a constitutional amendment ensuring that.  Now it’s true that I mentioned Atlantic City specifically.  But instead of correcting my location info, he dismissed the idea of a light rail as essentially being absurd!  Then at Friday’s press conference, right before Jessica Nutt  asked the Senate President and Assembly Speaker about another “Midnight vote”, Steve Sweeney discussed the funding for new light rail projects.  Two light rails, Bergen-Hudson and Camden-Gloucester and a freight line. So because I had the location wrong, Governor Christie acted as if I pulled “rail projects” out of thin air for ratings!  Yes I had bad information about the location but it seems the worst was I had bad info on the number of projects.  The fact is that TTF money will be poured into not ONE but THREE projects completely unrelated to the roads.  How exactly are three rail projects related to the crumbling roads and bridges??

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#RockPaperSpadea

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Sometimes you show up at work and the team is holding a “Rock-Paper-Scissors” contest to see who has the privilege of throwing a pie in my face.  After a hard fought contest with three rounds, Jillian emerged the winner.  And here’s what ensued…

#BetTheOver

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OK, done. I went head-to-head with the world champion of competitive eating, Joey Chestnut. Well sort of. I did participate in a contest with him and nine other competitive eaters. I didn’t puke. And I won the bet. That’s right, our friends at the Yankees AA club, Trenton Thunder challenged me to eat at least six pork roll sandwiches at their second annual pork roll eating competition. Six? I can do six. Of course most of my radio colleagues bet the under thinking that there is no way I’d be able to consume nearly two pounds. They did have good reason to make what was arguably the “safe bet”. My Chasing News colleague Jessica Nutt presented the full story today for “Chasing News” starting off with “working weekends can be fun…” Lemme explain what she meant…

Our weekend started with a “Pork Roll Pep Rally” sponsored by the Thunder at Killarney’s pub in Hamilton.

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#BlueFriday

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Today’s #BlueFriday honorees are the 17 brave young men and women from the graduating class of the Essex County Police Academy. 

They started their careers as Corrections Officers on Friday morning at 6am.  So of course they couldn’t listen to the show and I suspect they’ll be exhausted from Day One and may not catch Chasing News tonight.  If they were able to tune in they’d hear just how much we appreciate the courage and sacrifice made by the men and women who get up every morning and put on a uniform.

 

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Chasing…2.0

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Chasing News has been on the air for three years.  Fast paced, relevant and sometimes controversial stories delivered in an informative and entertaining style on the set five days a week.  Today we recorded our 820th episode.  And yes, we’re ready for the long holiday weekend.  Don’t worry, we already have an episode of new stories ready for you Monday for episode 821.  On Tuesday I’m happy to announce we’ll be rolling out what we’re calling “Chasing 2.0”.  You’re gonna love it. Stay tuned to twitter to see glimpses leading up to Tuesday…till then, take a look at some of the things we’ve done leading up to today.  Click any of the images to enlarge them.  See ya next week!

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