As thousands of New Jerseyians race to the polls to pick our next governor today, those words by former Governor Jim McGreevey pack a meaningful punch.
On Election Day, #HipNJ‘s Armand V. Cucciniello III sat with the trailblazing politician at Porto Leggero in Jersey City. Over meatballs and ravioli (the Governor’s favorite!) they talked about the state’s opioid crisis, his work with the New Jersey Reentry Corporation and that one day in 2004 that changed the political landscape forever.
The Paper Mill Playhouse of Millburn celebrated its 78th season with its annual Paper Mill Playhouse Gala, and #HipNJ was there for it all!
The Paper Mill Playhouse is a large regional theater known for staging shows, both new and old. It also serves as an established educational facility for aspiring actors.
Recently at the Hilton Short Hills, the Paper Mill team and guests gathered for a night of entertainment and celebration. Alongside #HipNJ, those in attendance included Paper Mill Board of Trustees member Carolyn Ferolito, Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken and Thomas Kean, the 48th Governor of New Jersey.
The gala was sold out (as it usually is!) making it Paper Mill’s largest fundraiser of the season. One major achievement that was celebrated was the successful adaption of “A Bronx Tale,” initially just a play, into a musical. Credit was given to the creative team, also in attendance, behind the production.
The Paper Mill Playhouse also recently announced that it has received a Tony Award for its successes as a regional theater. This was also recognized and the award will be presented to the playhouse at the Tony Awards on Sunday, June 12.
To learn more about the experiences and opportunities available at the Paper Mill Playhouse, log onto PaperMill.org.
No matter your political party, there’s no doubting the passion Governor Christie has for his job and the well-being of New Jersey.
“I was born here, I was raised here, and I love this state. This is where I raise my children, and this is where I hope they raise their children.”
There were some lighter moments too. Governor Christie’s classmates from Livingston High School were on hand, and we learned that despite his high profile, he would be attending his 35th high school reunion celebration in April. We also learned that his son is a baseball player for Princeton University, and that after the meeting he and his wife Mary Pat were going to cheer on the Tigers‘ game at Seton Hall University.
It’s hip to stay informed and get involved. For more on Governor Christie, stay connected to State.NJ.US/Governor.