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Media Personality Bill Spadea On The Presidential Election



Hip New Jersey and its organization are made up of a diverse group of men and women who have vast knowledge in local and international relations, views and world knowledge. We support all nominees and will be eager to see the best man or woman win in November.

Hip New Jersey’s Armand Cucciniello recently spoke with media personality Bill Spadea about the current presidential election.

Bill Spadea currently hosts Chasing News on FOX Television and is the morning drive host on New Jersey 101.5. He is a former United States Marine and Real Estate Executive from New Jersey.

Bill was inspired to go into media after receiving a call from a reporter with FOX Television in 2012 asking him to be a part of a show that they were developing. Spadea showed up and saw a man running towards him. The man approached him and said, “Has anyone ever told you, you have an unusually large head?” That man was Jerry Burke, Executive Producer of Chasing News. “And that was it,” Spadea said.

When asked how social media has changed rallying the youth vote since the 90’s, when he was elected Chairman of the College Republican National Committee, Spadea stated that social media platforms have helped people get into politics.

“Inside politics are now happening in broad daylight, in full view of everyone,” he says. “Everyone’s on Twitter, everyone’s on Instagram.” Before hiring someone, a company checks out the candidate’s social media profiles. With that scrutiny on every profession, politics become “a little more palatable.”

When asked what challenges candidates today face in attracting the youth vote, Spadea gave a surprising response. “Young people have always been smarter than the media likes to give them credit for.” He specifically points out that college students are “engaged in a real debate.”

The former United States Marine also spoke out about his view of the state of the US Military and leadership. “Too often, politicians want to politicize the military,” he states. Thus, the sacrifice that the men and women are making is forgotten. He believes that the leaders in Washington do not have a real perspective. “It’s too much of a political tool, and we missed the mark.”

So, should we keep boots off the ground? “To me, this is a decision not for politicians,” he states. “It’s a decision that the politicians can make with the thoughtful advice of the military.”

When it comes to Governor Chris Christie, Spadea believes that the Governor has an advantage. Christie was “one of only establishment Republicans to come out forcefully for Donald Trump.” So, if Trump wins, “who knows what’s next for Chris Christie?” This would mean that Christie would be “reborn” as a national politician.

Does Spadea believe that Trump could beat Hillary Clinton? Yes, he does. “Trump is talking about jobs. It’s about jobs. It’s about us. It’s about making sure that we as Americans have a bright future, and right now Trump is the only one speaking that language, so it could easily be Donald Trump.”

Thank you to Bill Spadea for taking the time to speak with us, and be sure to check out Chasing News.

Childhood Friend of Christina Grimmie Shares Memories of Late Singer (HipNJ Exclusive)

By Kenneth Barilari

Singer Christina Grimmie of Marlton was fatally shot on Friday night after performing at The Plaza Live in Orlando, Florida. #HipNJ had the opportunity to speak with her childhood friend and next door neighbor, Kristen, about her memories with the singer.

Grimmie started posting covers of popular songs on YouTube in 2009 and quickly gained popularity. In 2014, she auditioned for The Voice with a stunning rendition of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” that made all four judges turn their chairs. She joined Adam Levine’s team and finished the competition in 3rd place.

THE VOICE -- "Live Finale" Episode 621B -- Pictured: (l-r) Adam Levine, Christina Grimmie -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

THE VOICE — “Live Finale” Episode 621B — Pictured: (l-r) Adam Levine, Christina Grimmie — (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

 

In February and March 2016, Grimmie opened for Rachel Platten on her Wildfire Tour, where she performed songs from her latest EP, Side A.

Kristen said they both attended Vacation Bible School growing up, where they would rehearse Bible songs together. Grimmie was always performing in their hometown, “whether it was in a basement or a bar,” making it clear that singing was her passion from a young age.

Grimmie attended Cherokee High School, where she sang in the choir and participated in Cherokee Idol, the school’s annual singing competition.

When Grimmie joined The Voice, “the whole town was behind her,” Kristen said of their hometown. She said that the singer received tremendous support every step of the way.

Grimmie has given the world a ton of memorable performances, both on The Voice and on her own YouTube channel. Her cover of “Party in the U.S.A” has become her widely popular on YouTube, with over 12.5 million views to date.

Kristen recalled one song that stood out to her, Grimmie’s cover of David Guetta and Sia’s “Titanium.”

“It made me melt. It was incredible,” Kristen said. Grimmie’s cover of “Titanium” now has over 18 million views.

When she first heard the news of Christina’s injuries that would later become fatal, Kristen could not believe it. “I woke up to my phone blowing up with the news. It was devastating. I’m still in shock I cannot believe she’s gone,” she said.

Flowers and pictures have been placed around the Fallen Chief Memorial and Marlton will hold a candlelight vigil in the singer’s honor tonight.

When asked how people that knew Christina would describe her in three words, Kristen responded, “Talented, kindhearted, and independent.” Christina Grimmie’s talent and compassionate heart will be remembered always, and her voice will live on through the memories she gave to both her fans and those who had the opportunity to get to know her.

Restaurant Latour at Crystal Springs Resort

By Kenneth Barilari

#HipNJ’s Cara Di Falco brings us to Restaurant Latour at the Crystal Springs Resort in Sussex County.

According to Executive Chef Anthony Bucco, the restaurant exists in a destination area that sometimes gets lost in the shuffle of all things Jersey. Between the farmland and the stretches of the Appalachian Trail, the spectacular setting shapes everything about Restaurant Latour.

Latour has close working relationships with local animal farms, with a “synergy” existing between them. They also have a Chef’s garden, which provides easy access to fresh herbs and vegetables, and is open for customers to see in action.

The restaurant works with another local farm that does foraging. They scour the property and surrounding mountains for edible wild produce. This adds a wonderful health component, as there “are reasons certain things come up at certain times of the year,” Chef Bucco states. He feels that it is important that people remain aware of this.

Latour’s entire menu is done as tastings. There are five courses and diners have choices within each course. Or, if they are feeling brave, Chef Bucco and his team can decide the meal.

“I take a lot of pride when somebody hands over the responsibility of choosing for them,” Bucco said. “That’s the greatest compliment you can pay to a chef or a kitchen.” He loves the opportunity to sculpt a diner’s experience.

Bucco also stated that “there is no nicer sunset in New Jersey” than the one he sees from the restaurant. So, head over to Restaurant Latour for a delicious meal and a beautiful view.

For more information, visit Restaurant Latour’s website.  And for an exclusive recipe from Chef Bucco, visit Cara’s food blog at CaraDiFalco.com!