Friday January 20th marks the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States. President Donald Trump took the oath of office at noon and a new era of politics began. As Piers Morgan put it in a tweet…
Brits love Obama.
Americans took a long hard look at his 8yrs in power & replaced him with his complete opposite. https://t.co/N8L4ozisMB
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 19, 2017
So the Trump era begins. We’ll have to see how the new President’s policies impact the economy and security in our region. I’m confident that his plan and leadership ability will be enough to succeed and earn him a second term. More on the President in later blogs…for now, the race to Drumthwacket begins in earnest.
Comedian/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.
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.
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.
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??
For nearly seven years I’ve been a backer of New Jersey’s Governor, Chris Christie. He’s been a strong advocate for the overburdened taxpayers in the Garden State and taken on battles that prior Governors were too weak or ineffective to tackle. Until now.
“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.