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#NationalBossesDay: #HipNJ Celebrates the Bosses of New Jersey

National Bosses Day was created in 1958 but didn’t gain its popularity until 1979.  That was when Hallmark picked it up and it became a national holiday.  Though controversial to some, we feel that bosses are people too.  With that said, here are a few “Bosses” from New Jersey we wish we reported to:






Cory Booker: The Political Boss

He may have been born in D.C., but Cory Booker was raised in New Jersey, and is a resident in Newark.  He also attended Northern Valley Regional High School in Old Tappan.  He’s currently serving as the junior United States Senator from New Jersey, the first African-American to do so, and has been since 2013.  He’s also served as a Newark City Councilman and Newark’s mayor.






Zach Braff: The Garden State Boss

Zach Braff is an actor, producer and director- he’s also from New Jersey, and credits his career to that.  It started watching his father, a lawyer and an actor, at Baird Community Center, Livingston Community Players and Park Players.  He used to go to places like the Essex Green shopping center and The Lost Picture Show, and he went to school at Columbia High School.  Not to mention, he wrote, directed and starred in a movie called Garden State.






Whitney Houston: The Soul Boss

Whitney Houston was born in Newark and continued living in New Jersey long after she became famous.  She was known to drop by her childhood church to sing during the Easter Sunday Services.  She also built a house in Mendham, which was rumored to be inspired by Newark Airport.  After she passed, her funeral was held at her childhood church, and Chris Christie flew the flags at half-staff, referring to her as the “daughter of New Jersey.”  She was inducted into the NJ Hall of Fame in 2013.






Derek Jeter: The Baseball Boss

Let’s just say, if it weren’t for his New Jersey family, Derek Jeter would not have been a New York Yankee.  Can you even imagine that?  He was born in NJ, moved to Michigan when he was four years old, but would spend summers with his grandparents in New Jersey.  With his sister and cousins, he played wiffle ball in their yard in West Milford.  They would always watch Yankee games, if they weren’t at the stadium for the action.  He’s been an NJ Hall of Famer since 2015.






Bruce Springsteen: The Boss

Bruce Springsteen has heavy New Jersey roots.  His childhood home, which still stands, is in FreeholdE Street in Belmar has a lot of history for The Boss- that’s where the band practiced in its early days.  He’s frequently filled seats at New Jersey venues, including ones in Asbury Park and Atlantic CityThe Stone Pony is probably the most associated with his name since he’s played there more than any other venue.  He was also inducted into the NJ Hall of Fame in 2008.






Buddy Valastro: The Cake Boss

Buddy was born and raised in Hoboken.  He’s also the owner of one of the most popular bakeries, Carlo’s Bakery.  He has five locations in the Garden State, plus more in other states.  His tv series Cake Boss, started in 2009 and is still airing today.  He’s another NJ Hall of Famer, inducted in last year 2017.

Let us know who your favorite NJ Bosses are that didn’t make our list!

In Her Shoes: #MOMBOSS

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino attended Bloomingdale’s Short Hills’ In Her Shoes: #MOMBOSS event and spoke to some of the Garden State’s power moms.

“It was energizing to be here,” Priya Virmani, CEO of Privée by Priya, stated. “I loved being surrounded by all of these inspiring women and hearing their stories.”

“There were such good questions that were asked,” Mallika Malhotra, CEO of MikiFoto + Co, recalls. “People were feeling inspired, really connected, and also shared their stories.”

Cheldin Barlatt Rumer, CEO of This is It TV, raved about the event. She says that ten years ago, this event would not have even existed. “To be able to talk about the entrepreneurial spirit within mothers, it was just wonderful.”

What did Danielle Forte, CEO of 828 Clothing, take away from the panel? “Learning balance, and giving yourself some grace,” she says. “Live your dream and have fun.”

Latino also spoke with Co-Sponsor of “In Her Shoes,” Dina El Nabli. “No matter where you are in your parenting journey,” she stated, “we share the same struggles, and we are so inspired by the tips today.”

For more information on Bloomingdale’s Short Hills, click here.

Chris Reilly on New Flight Digital Media

Chris Reilly, founder of New Flight Digital Media, joined Lisa Marie Latino in the #HipNJ studio to discuss his entrepreneurial venture.

Reilly is currently studying Animation at Fairleigh Dickinson University, which he is using to his advantage at New Flight. “A lot of what we do has to do with bringing products in and having their best view show through,” Reilly states. “We are trying to have our animation efforts accent the products.”

New Flight is working with local business, including the Archdiocese of Newark, to help pizazz their brands. “I have always had this passion for visual effects and 3-D animation,” he states. “A lot of the local communities have companies that don’t have such a great handle on product images.” So, he hopes to bring out the beauty of such products through images and video.

To learn more, click here.