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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!

Sharlee Jeter and Dr. Sampson Davis release “The Stuff”

Sharlee Jeter and Dr. Sampson Davis have released The Stuff, highlighting eleven core elements that will help you not only survive but thrive in spite of life’s difficulties.

When she was 20 years old, Jeter was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma after noticing a lump in her neck. While it was an uphill battle, she was declared cancer-free seven months later.

Now, NJ natives Jeter and Davis have interviewed dozens of people to find the common threads that enabled them to triumph over their challenges. The pair believes that we need to realize our own potential. We need to fight for what we want our lives to be.

To learn more, click here.

Metallica, Jeter, E Street Band Miss NJ

Metallica, Jeter, E Street Band & Miss NJ – Weekend Recap

This weekend was jam-packed with “good news” for #HipNJ! While you were busy with Mother’s Day festivities, here’s what you may have missed around the Garden State: 

Pequannock-born Derek Jeter and his family entered Yankee Stadium for his number retirement ceremony to the classic voice of Hoboken native Frank Sinatra! No New York Yankees player will ever again wear the iconic 2 that  DJ’s sported throughout his career. Thanks for the memories, Captain! #Re2pect 


All ready to hit the #MissUSA stage!!!! 💄| @flawlessbyamin 💁🏾| @lalbertluiz

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In other news, Miss New Jersey USA Chhavi Verg was named runner-up in the 2017 Miss USA competition! However, if it were up to some viewers, she would have taken the big prize home. NJ.com has more.


FIGHT 🔥 WITH 🔥 #Metallica #WorldWired #MetAtMetLife

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Enter Sandman! Metallica rocked out MetLife Stadium for a Mother’s Day concert extravaganza. The legendary heavy metal group has been very vocal on how friends in New Jersey helped them get their start!

Finally, congratulations to Rutgers University‘s Class of 2017! They celebrated with a inspirational commencement speech by E Street Band‘s Steven Van Zandt.