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Midterm Elections: Vote!

Hey #HipNJ! Are  you registered to vote? Remember that your opinion DOES count and just one vote goes a very long way, so go out and VOTE VOTE VOTE!

People often dismiss the midterm elections, believing that they aren’t as important as the presidency, but I’m here to tell you that those people are WRONG. This election determines who will be taking the seats in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. In the State, 1 of the Senate seats are up for grabs, along with all 12 of the House seats. 

The U.S. Senate election has been a close one with Democrat Robert Menendez of Paramus and Republican Bob Hugin of Summit. This race is important because the Senate chamber helps write federal laws and confirms all judges and other presidential nominees. 

 The state has two open House seats, in South Jersey’s 2nd District, where Republican Rep. Frank LoBiondo is retiring, and in North Jersey’s 11th District, where Republican Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen is retiring.

In the 11th District, we have Democrat Mikie Sherrill vs. Republican Jay Webber, with polls showing Sherrill having a slight advantage currently. In the 2nd District, there’s Republican Seth Grossman vs. Democrat Jeff Van Drew, with polls showing Van Drew leading by double digits. 

Remember, if you want to make a difference, go out and vote. It counts. It matters. It’s your right. 

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The Black Brunch NJ Hosts ‘Rock The Vote’

By: Armand V. Cucciniello III

With the 2016 general election just seven weeks away, enthusiastic New Jersey residents and citizen action groups are mobilizing to raise awareness and register eligible voters by October 18, the state’s voter registration deadline.

The Black Brunch NJ, a professional networking organization founded by L’Oreal Drayton, sponsored a Rock The Vote voter registration drive at Bloomfield College on Saturday, September 17.

“Voting gives people the freedom to make better decisions,” said Drayton, a New Jersey-based entrepreneur. “To run a business, you have to know the laws and regulations that impact your operations and concern your consumers. Local, state-level, and federally elected officials affect all of that via legislation.”

While the presidential race tends to draw the most attention, all 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are up for grabs on November 8. Twelve of these seats are allocated for New Jersey, one for each of the state’s congressional districts. The importance of a general election runs deeper than Washington based, federal level politics, though. Local elections will be held in some towns and cities across the state, and a vote on two statewide ballot measures will take place:

Public Question 1 allows voters to decide on changes to the state’s gambling rules. A “yes” vote will clear the way for the New Jersey Legislature to pass laws allowing for two additional counties to each have one new casino, thereby ending a four-decade monopoly in Atlantic City. (Voting “no” opposes the proposal.) Public Question 2 addresses taxes, dedicating all revenue from gas taxes to transportation projects. A “yes” vote supports the proposal; a “no” vote opposes it, thus devoting the same levels of revenue to transportation projects.

The U.S. president’s direct impact on peoples’ daily lives is arguably nominal compared to that of other elected officials. The federal budget, for example, is controlled by the U.S. House of Representatives. Property taxes are determined at state and local levels. State income and sales tax rates are determined by state legislatures.

“State-level and local elections tend to impact residents much more directly,” says Drayton. “That is why paying attention to your assemblyperson’s and state senator’s positions and voting records are critical.”

This year there are roughly 226 million eligible voters in America, according to Pew Research Center. However data from the 2012 general election showed that only about 54 percent of the voting age population actually votes – a number considered low by international standards.

“People need to get involved. I think part of it is human nature. We wait until we need to be concerned. But if we get ahead of the game – if we proactively educate ourselves about the issues, how they will impact us, our kids, our grandchildren, in the future – I think more people would be voting and following political issues much more closely,” says Drayton.

New Jersey residents can check their voter registration status online by visiting www.Elections.NJ.gov . Eligible voters must be registered by October 18 to vote in the election on November 8. To register online, visit http://nj.gov/state/elections/voting-information.html.

Jersey Residents Gain Exposure – Weekend Recap

Another weekend has gone by as we move into the halfway point of #Summer2016 and the #GardenState is nothing short of exciting! #HipNJ has the updates that will surely keep you in high spirits as August approaches in our weekend recap. This weekend, a lot of New Jersey residents were making headlines. Here’s why.

Friday, June 22nd

There must be something in the water in New Jersey – Pittstown’s Adele Dunlap recently earned the title of America’s oldest living resident. Born on December 12, 1902, Dunlap holds the record by a couple of months at 113 years old and has spent each of those years in New Jersey.

Youngsters have also been earning coverage. We forgot to mention in our guide to Jersey’s Olympic athletes that of the 555 Americans going to Rio de Janeiro in less than two weeks, the two youngest females reside here. We like to start them early. The first is 16-year-old gymnast Laurie Hernandez of Old Bridge. One of the few Olympians born in 2000, she’s a major contender to medal whereas her scores have bested those of the world’s top female gymnasts. Also making her Olympic debut is Dunnell’s Sydney McLaughlin, also 16, a hurdler and sprinter. A few months older than Hernandez, she is the youngest American track and field athlete to qualify for the games since 1972. She’ll turn 17 in Rio, so hopefully a golden gift awaits.

Saturday, June 23rd

Comedian Julia Scotti, 63, of Whiting came to the Bananas Comedy Club in Hasbrouck Heights on Saturday. But Scotti isn’t an ordinary comedian; she’s a male-to-female transgender whose out to prove that age and other barriers shouldn’t hold you back from pursuing your dream. Oh, and she’s a quarter finalist on the current season of NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Check out the show in the coming weeks to see what she’s all about!

We met Julia Scotti after her performance tonight! #juliascotti #americasgottalent #bananascomedyclub

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It doesn’t take long to realize this summer heat is among the hottest #NJ has had in previous years – all you have to do is walk outside. Saturday was probably the peak of this heatwave, with some areas reaching the 100 degree mark. Don’t let the heat deter you, though; go out, cool off and make the most of it!

Sunday, June 24th

You can’t turn on the news without hearing about the upcoming presidential election. Because of controversial candidates and the rise of social media, there is more hype than ever around this election. Although the Democratic National Convention didn’t start until today in Philadelphia, Jersey democrats decided to kick things off with a convention of their own aboard the Battleship New Jersey on Sunday night. Those in attendance included more than a thousand democratic leaders, delegates and officials.

Senate President Sweeney kicks of #demconvention in style on #battleshipnewjersey #camden #newjersey.

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Popular hard rock band Guns N’ Roses tore the house down in the second of two nights at East Rutherford’s MetLife Stadium as part of their Not in This Lifetime… Tour.

@gunsnroses crushed the NY area this past weekend! Reunited and better than ever! #gunsnroses #gnr #notinthislifetime

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