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.
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.
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.
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.
So my daughter Elizabeth is gettin’ ready to tackle her second year in the UK studying fashion at the University of the Arts in London. Our New Jersey 101.5 ‘Jersey Traffic South’ reporter Jill Myra’s daughter Rebecca is also headed out this week for her first year at East Carolina. I had a chance to catch up with Jill and Elizabeth and get the perspective from the students and the parents. Just a fun conversation about a topic that many New Jersey families are going through right now. If you’re headed out of state, good luck. Hopefully we’ll be successful #DigginIn so the career you want is right here in the Garden State. If you’re becoming and ‘empty-nester’…well hang in there, we’ve just begun the fight to make our great state affordable again!
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.