Category Archives: Toast of the Town

With exclusive interviews and revealing discussions, Hip New Jersey gets up close and personal with the best and brightest personalities in the state. Join hometown heroes on a tour of their favorite spots in town. Whether it’s celeb hangouts for Jersey luminaries, or tranquil spots for idol relaxation, we’ll journey where few have gone before.

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

New Jersey Hall of Fame

Meet the New Jersey Hall of Fame Class of 2016!

There are way too many Garden State greats for this one blog post to handle!

The New Jersey Hall of Fame announced the 15 newest inductees to be honored at this year’s Induction Ceremony on May 7, 2017, at the historic Convention Hall in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

The distinguished Class of 2016 currently includes:

Kelly Ripa (Stratford, NJ)


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Connie Francis (Newark, NJ)

Ray Liotta (Newark, NJ)


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Wyclef Jean of The Fugees (Newark, NJ)


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Carli Lloyd (Mount Laurel, NJ)


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Also included is author Carol Higgins Clark (Washington Twp, NJ), Connie Chung (Middletown, NJ), Businessman Alfred Koeppe (Manasquan, NJ), NY Waterway founder, Arthur Imperatore, Sr. (Fort Lee, NJ), pop-rock musician Tommy James (Cedar Grove, NJ), United States Army officer Philip Kearny (Kearny, NJ), Former President and General Manager of the WNBA New York Liberty Carol Blazejowski (Elizabeth, NJ), heavyweight boxer Chuck Wepner (Bayonne, NJ), NFL Pro-bowler Rosey Grier (Roselle, NJ) and activist Peace Pilgrim (Egg Harbor City, NJ).

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