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Governor Jim McGreevey

Election Day Special with Governor Jim McGreevey

“Just give a damn and get involved!”

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.

Watch now, and make sure to #CastYourVote

All About the Grammy’s Weekend Recap

 By: Lisa Cardoso

 

This Weekend Recap is all about the 59th Grammy’s Music Awards! Hip New Jersey, was loving every minute of it! Queen Bey’s performance had us glued to the TV, Adele’s re-do of “Fast love” had us confused and Chance the Rapper made us proud!
Adele had a tough start to the 59th Grammy Awards by singing off key to the George Michaels tribute. When she began to sing she fell a little flat causing her to stop the song and start over. There are many different opinions on this but us at Hip New Jersey think she did the right thing.

Starting over and not allowing the George Michael tribute to be imperfect shows a great deal of respect to him. Adele is an all around respectful person. Winning three of the top awards last night and being the first time an artist has won all three (record of the year, song of the year, and album of the year) she took her acceptance speech and honored her close competitor Beyoncé. Although her start may have been a little rocky, she was the shining star of the Grammy’s taking home five awards!

 

Another artist to congratulate and recognize is Chance the Rapper, taking home three awards last night (best new artist, best rap album and best rap performance). A win that goes down in history because Chance is the only artist to win a Grammy without selling physical copies of his music. Chance has remained unsigned and only drops his new music via live streaming allowing audiences of all means able to listen to his music. Congratulations Chance the Rapper and thank you for remaining humble and giving!

Did you know #BestNewArtist winner @chancetherapper is the first artist to win a GRAMMY from a streaming-only album? Congrats Chance! #GRAMMYs

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Now, we haven’t forgotten about Queen Bey! Beyonce´s performance last night was a movement as she wore a Peter Dundas golden gown. Fans are saying it was a religious experience and are in awe of her beauty. Starting out with her mother introducing her and her daughter sitting by her side, captured the essence of how important her family is.

Carrying twins can’t stop this proud mama from getting on stage and completely kill it! Her pregnancy glow radiated through the screen and touched all of her fans personally. The golden gown and the large gold head piece illuminated her already golden heart. Beyoncé set the bar for all pregnant women out there.

Beyoncé was nominated for nine different awards, although she didn’t win all of them beyonce was the highlight of the Grammy’s. Adele accepting her highest award still turned the spotlight right back on to Beyoncé.

This breathtaking performance by @beyonce is just the beginning of the epic #GRAMMYs performances happening tonight. Keep watching on @cbstv!

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A few other highlights we wanted to mention:

-Katy Perry’s performance of her song “Chained to the Rhythm” got a little political starting with the well known Hillary Clinton pantsuit and ended standing in front of the constitution yelling “No Hate!”

-Twenty-one pilots accepted their award in their underwear? Although fashion is a huge part of the Grammy’s Twenty-one pilots decided to shed their bottoms and walk out on stage. Before the duo became famous they watched the award show in their underwear, it only seemed fit to continue their tradition and accept their award in the same suit.

-Bruno Mars performed (and dressed like) Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” and nailed it.

-Even though there was technical difficulties Lady Gaga’s performance with Metallica. Metallica’s “Hardwired” was nominated for Best Rock Song, but fell short to David Bowies “Blackstar” 

I'm living!!!! @twentyonepilots #TwentyOnePilots #Grammys

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@brunomars lighting up the stage with his electric #GRAMMYs performance!

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New Jersey Citizen Action

NJ Citizen Action Hosts Financial Reform Summit

New Jersey Citizen Action recently hosted its seventh annual Financial Reform Summit at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark.

Speakers included Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. (NJ-6), New Jersey Assemblyman and Deputy Speaker John Wisniewski, the Deputy Mayor of Jersey City Marcos Vigil, and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ambassador Phil Murphy. Two interactive panels covered topics such as student loan debt, pay day lending schemes, current obstacles to financial security, financial reform, and economic policy priorities for New Jersey.

The New Jersey Citizen Action Education Fund is a non-profit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization founded to empower low- and moderate-income people through education and training on public policy issues. It acts as a watchdog organization, working to protect and expand the rights of individuals and families and ensure that government officials respond to the needs of people rather than special interests. Through collective action and individual empowerment in communities around the state, NJCA works to advance a progressive political agenda.

For more information, visit NJCAEF.org.