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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!

#HipNJ Celebrates National New Jersey Day

Today is National New Jersey Day, and #HipNJ wants to help you celebrate!

National New Jersey Day is an event created by National Day as part of a weekly project recognizing each state in the order it joined the union. While New Jersey was the third to enter the union, it was the first to sign the Bill of Rights.

New Jersey has so much to offer, so we put together a guide for your Jersey-themed day.

Start off your day by heading to a Garden State diner, maybe Tops Diner in Newark, and picking up a Taylor Ham, egg and cheese breakfast sandwich. This is the perfect way to get yourself excited for a day at the Jersey Shore.


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Now, get in the car and hit Parkway South. A trip to the beach is never complete without some great music, so create a playlist featuring only NJ natives. Here are some suggestions:

  • Whitney Houston
  • Bon Jovi
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Queen Latifah
  • Lauryn Hill and the Fugees
  • Jack Antonoff of Bleachers
  • Jonas Brothers
  • Ashley Tisdale
  • Lea Michele
  • Halsey
  • Charlie Puth

Think those are enough artists to create the best playlist you have ever heard? We definitely think so.

Time to hit the beach! Are you heading to Atlantic City, Point PleasantAsbury Park or Wildwood? Not today! Today, you’re hitting on of NJ’s most notorious summer spots, Seaside Heights.

Spend the day swimming and tanning, then spend the night walking the iconic (maybe for the wrong reasons) boardwalk. Get a cheesesteak at Midway Steak House and win some dessert on the candy wheel.

The beach isn’t for you? No worries! A day celebrating New Jersey can take many forms. You can appreciate nature by taking a hike in Sussex County. Enjoy the breathtaking views while getting some cardio. Then, head over to a drive-in movie.

Sometimes, all we want to do is stay home and have a night in. So, order some pizza from your local pizzeria, get comfy, and turn on a New Jersey inspired TV show or movie. Here are our suggestions:

  • The Sopranos
  • Boardwalk Empire
  • This Is Us
  • House
  • Cobra Kai
  • Date Night
  • Garden State

New Jersey, thank you for all of the opportunities you give us to enjoy life.

If you do anything on this list, be sure to post a picture on Instagram and use the hashtag #NationalNewJerseyDay!

Springsteen on Broadway

Springsteen on Broadway: A Jersey Girl Review

By: Lisa Marie Latino

My loved ones know that my taste in music bends towards the sweet side (I mean, it’s 2018 and *NSYNC was just playing on my iTunes), so I raised more than a few eyebrows when I told them I was seeing Bruce Springsteen‘s wildly successful Springsteen on Broadway. As I explained to their shocked faces, I was merely going to support my fiancé Joe in his Bruce fandom, and far be it for me to skip out on a fabulous New York City summer night that would also include dinner at Capital Grille.

After winning the coveted ticket lottery for the show, Joe made sure to give me a crash course on E Street Band lore so I wouldn’t be like the clueless bandwagon fans I despise during New York Yankees playoff runs. On our way to our favorite weekend getaway spot, we listened to Bruce recite the words to his best-selling autobiography, Born to Run. While some of his music may not have been in my wheelhouse, the man’s writing CERTAINLY was. I appreciated the way he poetically strung together his words so that every sentence would appeal to the five senses. Hearing him tell his tale made the prose all the more powerful.

Upon the book’s conclusion, I started diving into The Boss‘ catalogue. Of course I knew his too-many-to-name mainstream hits like “Hungry Heart”, “Human Touch”, “Glory Days”, “Streets of Philadelphia” and “Secret Garden” (what Jersey Girl doesn’t?) But I discovered other “obscure” ones—songs like “The Ghost of Tom Joad”, “Dream Baby Dream”, “One Step Up”, “Downbound Train”, “The River”, “Atlantic City” and “Trapped”. As I filled my iPod with these tunes, I admitted to Joe that he more than proved his point on why Bruce was the rock ‘n roll G.O.A.T.

The buzz in the air was palpable as we took our seats in the cozy confines of the Walter Kerr Theatre. We were surrounded by all walks of life from around the country, if not the world. People that were seeing Bruce for the 10th time, 30th time…and probably no one else there for the first (oh well). But it didn’t matter; once the house lights dimmed and he sauntered from stage right with his guitar, we were all one in our awe.

From our proximity, it literally felt like this living legend was hanging out with us in our living room, especially whenever he stepped away from the microphone to just be out in the open. Once the music started (first song: “Growing Up”) it gave you that pushed-off-an-airplane-without-a-parachute exhilarating feeling. For over two straight hours, he effortlessly went from storytelling, to cracking jokes, to making you cry, to singing along with his piano, to jamming out with his array of guitars, to strumming his harmonica, and back around again. Every song was reworked to fit the show’s acoustic nature, including the two he performed with his wife, Patti Scialfa“Tougher Than the Rest” and “Brilliant Disguise”and my personal favorites, “Dancing in the Dark” and “Born in the USA”.

What was evident beyond Bruce’s difficult relationship with his late father, and his great affection for his mother, is his complicated love story with New Jersey. In one breath, recalling the lyrics to Born to Run, he talked about how he viewed his hometown of Freehold as a “death trap” and a “suicide rap” but in the next, mentioned how he currently lives 10 minutes down the road. “I was born to stay home!” He joked. He peppered other Garden State references throughout the show, like how he cut his chops playing for obscure, Jersey Shore-area places like Marlboro Mental Hospital. These “growing up” Jersey (and Italian-American!) anecdotes added another layer of intimacy to an otherwise already-vulnerable performance that included a moving tribute to Clarence Clemons and a reciting of the Our Father.

Springsteen on Broadway

After the show, I made a beeline for the stage door in the hopes to meet him. As luck would have it, I got a prime spot behind the metal barrier, and he chose my side to bless with his presence.

As I stuck the Playbill out for his signature, I told him how Springsteen on Broadway was the first time seeing him live. Bruce actually stopped signing for a second to react.

“Really?” He quipped, part amused and part shocked.

“I know, and I’m from Jersey too. But I LOVED the show, you were great!”

“Well, I’m glad you enjoyed it,” he smiled, and continued down the line. That was the cherry on top of a perfect evening.

Of course, I gave the signed Playbill to Joe.