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There are two major elections coming up in our area in a few weeks. One for mayor in NYC and another for governor in New Jersey. But does anyone care? Are people even paying attention? There are plenty of people acting out through protests and social media rants, but how many of those angry people will vote? The most important tool we have as Americans is the right to vote. Put the signs down and use it.
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Vice President Mike Pence left the Colts game this weekend after several members of the 49ers took a knee for the Anthem. Some thought it was a publicity stunt. The fact remains that VP Pence is a thoughtful, patriotic leader who has been consistent throughout the take-a-knee controversy. He’s also a die-hard Colts fan. He’s got a history of going to the games back when he was Governor of Indiana. Not everything is for ‘optics’. Sometimes you just react to bad behavior and stand up for what’s right.
And while I have you here, let me take a moment to address the growing, and somewhat annoying, controversy that surrounds Columbus Day. There are too many people out there who are jumping to all sorts of conclusions, throwing around terms like “genocide” without all of the facts. So if you’re brave enough to hear a little truth, check out my article here and let me help you understand who Christopher Columbus really was.
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We’ve had a week of tragedy and heroism. Millions still recovering in Puerto Rico as donations pour in and local first responders head to the area. A massacre in Las Vegas where a gunman killed 58 innocent concert goers and injured more than 500. While politicians debate policy the stories of individual heroism emerge. From a local man saving people by helping them over the barricade to the man who got his pregnant future wife out of harm’s way. Then there’s the wounded man in a Vegas hospital who insisted on standing to greet the First Lady and the President. Americans stand and act in the face of evil and disasters. This week showed our resilience, strength and unity as a nation.
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A couple hundred NFL players protested the National Anthem on Sunday by sitting, kneeling or staying behind in the locker room. Whatever your take, the battle lines are drawn between President Trump, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and players across the league. It’s time to call out what the entitled, spoiled, rich brats in the NFL who are simply not victims. The real problems impacting minority communities are a lack of economic and educational opportunities in our cities. One solution is the need for a stronger law enforcement presence to protect these communities from gangs and criminals.
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.