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??
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…
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.
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!
Had a great conversation with our friends Daniel Regan and his mom Lynn Regan today on the radio this morning. Daniel is going strong now five years after his victory over heroin. That’s right, he beat it. Now, he’ll tell you that everyone has their own way of overcoming adversity, but for him it’s not a day to day struggle, any longer. He fought the fight against the devastating drug and after several failed rehab attempts and being discovered by his mom homeless in an abandoned hotel in California, he’s drug free and helping others. Daniel is an inspiring person for sure. Although he’s only in his mid-twenties, he’s had a lifetime of struggle, suffering and success.
Had a great conversation on Chasing News and NJ 101.5 with my friend and nationally syndicated radio host, David Webb. David is driving the first leg of a journey that will raise funds for an outstanding charity to help disabled vets, The www.highfivetour.com charity is specific for refitting Ford F150s and Explorers in order to accommodate combat vets who lost their limbs or the use of their limbs. He’s got a great point, returning combat vets are not necessarily inclined to want to drive the expected minivan which is often the goto choice to refit. Instead they’re converting trucks. And the turnaround for vets in need has been as fast as 30 days. The car that David is taking across the country is a Shelby Mustang GT350. Wow, what a car. Although he told me I was being a bit too gentle on the clutch at first…it took me a few minutes but once I got it, I got it. Visit the website and help out a great cause.
“In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.”
“Do they only hire stupid people at Chasing New Jersey?”
What a couple of weeks. The Governor of New Jersey has had his moments. Some great, some good and some…well… He’s had a history of going after his enemies and escalating minor encounters to national news stories. Remember the boardwalk ice cream incident? Or “Sit down and shut up”? He’s brash and direct and seems to be most comfortable in an adversarial role with others. The former US Attorney turned Governor, turned FOT (Friend of Trump) is at it again. This time things seem different.
And the win goes to… you! Because of your attention to the tricks and political games in Trenton, together we put a stop to two things today that could have had disastrous effects on life in the Garden State. The first was the gas tax… the legislature wanted to raise it $0.23 per gallon with a built in increase should the projected revenue fall below expectations. As we’ve discussed on Chasing News, NJ 101.5 and on social media, it’s because of your constant phone calls, emails and tweets that the GOP legislators on the fence thought twice about voting for a new tax and the Democrats on the fence found cover that helped firm up their opposition.
Today’s #BlueFriday honoree is the Director of Public Safety in Newark, Anthony Ambrose. Leading a police force in any major city is a huge undertaking. In a dangerous city like Newark it’s especially trying. Decades of failed leadership and increasing crime have hurt local residents. I’ve often talked about solutions that go back to successful models of city policing from the past couple decades. Looks like the team in Newark are starting to make some headway.
Had a great opportunity to help congratulate and send off a brave, patriotic young man over the weekend as he prepares to depart for Parris Island, South Carolina. Our friend Jax’s little brother Matt is headed off to the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot. He’ll go through the full training as a US Marine recruit before heading to Ole Miss as a freshman in January. Although I suspect he’s got his eyes on more than just reserve status in the USMC, but that’s a discussion I’m sure he’ll be having over the next few months with his drill instructor and his parents.