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#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!

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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.

Media Personality Bill Spadea On The Presidential Election

Hip New Jersey and its organization are made up of a diverse group of men and women who have vast knowledge in local and international relations, views and world knowledge. We support all nominees and will be eager to see the best man or woman win in November.

Hip New Jersey’s Armand Cucciniello recently spoke with media personality Bill Spadea about the current presidential election.

Bill Spadea currently hosts Chasing News on FOX Television and is the morning drive host on New Jersey 101.5. He is a former United States Marine and Real Estate Executive from New Jersey.

Bill was inspired to go into media after receiving a call from a reporter with FOX Television in 2012 asking him to be a part of a show that they were developing. Spadea showed up and saw a man running towards him. The man approached him and said, “Has anyone ever told you, you have an unusually large head?” That man was Jerry Burke, Executive Producer of Chasing News. “And that was it,” Spadea said.

When asked how social media has changed rallying the youth vote since the 90’s, when he was elected Chairman of the College Republican National Committee, Spadea stated that social media platforms have helped people get into politics.

“Inside politics are now happening in broad daylight, in full view of everyone,” he says. “Everyone’s on Twitter, everyone’s on Instagram.” Before hiring someone, a company checks out the candidate’s social media profiles. With that scrutiny on every profession, politics become “a little more palatable.”

When asked what challenges candidates today face in attracting the youth vote, Spadea gave a surprising response. “Young people have always been smarter than the media likes to give them credit for.” He specifically points out that college students are “engaged in a real debate.”

The former United States Marine also spoke out about his view of the state of the US Military and leadership. “Too often, politicians want to politicize the military,” he states. Thus, the sacrifice that the men and women are making is forgotten. He believes that the leaders in Washington do not have a real perspective. “It’s too much of a political tool, and we missed the mark.”

So, should we keep boots off the ground? “To me, this is a decision not for politicians,” he states. “It’s a decision that the politicians can make with the thoughtful advice of the military.”

When it comes to Governor Chris Christie, Spadea believes that the Governor has an advantage. Christie was “one of only establishment Republicans to come out forcefully for Donald Trump.” So, if Trump wins, “who knows what’s next for Chris Christie?” This would mean that Christie would be “reborn” as a national politician.

Does Spadea believe that Trump could beat Hillary Clinton? Yes, he does. “Trump is talking about jobs. It’s about jobs. It’s about us. It’s about making sure that we as Americans have a bright future, and right now Trump is the only one speaking that language, so it could easily be Donald Trump.”

Thank you to Bill Spadea for taking the time to speak with us, and be sure to check out Chasing News.