Ian Linker is the only declared candidate for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate race against Senator Robert Menendez next year. If Linker gets enough signatures to get on the primary ballot he is likely to face State Senators Joe Kyrillos and Mike Doherty in a race for the nomination. Former Roxbury Mayor Tim Smith is also acting like a potential candidate.
We had a good conversation with Ian, challenging him on why he is starting his political career at such a high level and on his fund raising ability. I’ll say this for Linker, the $3950 he’s raised so far is more money than Anna Little has raised in her fledgling quest for a rematch against Frank Pallone.
I don’t believe that Linker has a remote chance to be the nominee, and I told him so. I even bet him dinner at any restaurant in the country, including travel expenses, that he would not win the party line from any county in the state for the primary. He took the bet (after the show via facebook), which proves to me he’s gotten in over his head. I’m looking forward to dinner at Latitudes in Sunset Key on Linker.
Yet, I give Ian a great deal of credit for entering the arena and fighting to make a difference. I hope his passion survives the ordeal he has chosen.
Listen to the first half hour of the show. Maybe I’m wrong about Linker.
During the second half hour Oceanport Councilman Joe Irace joined us with an enlightening and informative conservation that included comments on the utter lack of representation Monmouth County gets in the House of Representation from Frank Pallone and Rush Holt, the difference Irace and his colleagues on the Oceanport governing body were able to make, with the help of Senator Jennifer Beck, regarding the establishment of the Fort Monmouth Redevelopment Authority, and the predicament New Jersey’s Horse Racing Industry and Monmouth Park in particular face in these challenging economic times.
Irace makes a compelling case for VLT’s, slots, in the Meadowlands.
Enjoy the show.
Next week, Tuesday the 30th between 5PM and 6PM, our guest will be political strategist Mike DuHaime. DuHaime is to Governor Christie as Karl Rove was to President George W. Bush and David Axlerod is to President Barack Obama.
We’ll be talking about the 2012 presidential race. You won’t want to miss that show which will be broadcast on WIFI AM 1460 and on the Internet here.
The LaRossa and Gallagher: Real Jersey Guys On The Radio Show featuring former Senator Dick LaRossa and Art Gallagher is sponsored by Repatriot Radio.
Ian Linker is the only declared Republican candidate for the nomination to challenge U.S. Senator Robert Menendez in the 2012 election. The attorney who resides in Bergen County wrote an Op-Ed piece on education reform that goes a step further than State Senator Mike Doherty’s proposal in bringing equality to New Jersey’s education funding.
Linker is embracing the the New Jersey Parental Rights Act, legislation sponsored by Morris County Assemblymen Anthony Bucco and Michael Patrick Carroll which would grant scholarships or vouchers directly to parents of school age children to use at the school of their choice. Linker is also calling for the elimination of teacher tenure and wasteful duplication is school administration.
Former Senator Dick LaRossa and I will be talking to Linker about his proposal and his candidacy for U.S. Senate.
Oceanport Councilman Joe Irace is probably the best known councilman in Monmouth County, if not all of New Jersey. Without a doubt he is the best know councilman in Trenton. Unlike many politicians, the media savy Irace does not use his social media and public relations skills to promote himself. He uses the media to generate support for and interest in the multitude of challenges that the small Borough of Oecanport has faced since he has been an elected official. From Fort Monmouth to Monmouth Park and the Horse Racing Industry, Irace is an effective and outspoken leader for the interests of Oceanport. He has stood up to and often frustrated powerful special interests and Trenton insiders.
Irace will be joining us at 5:30 for the second half hour of the show.
The LaRossa and Gallagher: Real Jersey Guys On The Radio Show is broadcast every Tuesday from 5PM till 6PM on WIFI 1460 AM and on the Internet here. The show is sponsored by Repatriot Radio.
You are welcome to join the show with your questions and comments. The numbers to call in our 609-447-0236 and 609-447-0237.
Bob Ingle, the best selling co-author of The Soprano State, prolific blogger, and Gannett columnist will be our exclusive guest tomorrow afternoon on The LaRossa and Gallagher: Real Jersey Guys On The Radio Show.
In addition to his insightful commentary on New Jersey government and politics, “the 3rd Jersey Guy” as he was know when he appeared in 101.5 with Casey Bartholomew and Ray Rossi’s, weighed in on Presidential governing and politics this week with an Open Letter To President Obama.
I have no doubt we’ll have an informative and entertaining hour.
I hope you join us by listening at WIFI AM 1460, if you get the signal, or in the Internet here. We’ll be taking your calls at 609-447-0236 and 609-447-0237.
The show is sponsored by Repatriot Radio, every Tuesday from 5PM until 6PM.
Former Long Branch Councilman Anthony Giordano was a great guest. It was very interesting to hear his perspective on the New Jersey economy, eminent domain and the ongoing redevelopment of Long Branch.
Thanks to James/Shamus for calling in twice.
During the second half hour we were joined by Laureen Cummings, the founder and President of the Scranton Tea Party. Cummings is considering a race for the GOP nomination to challenge U. S. Senator Bob Casey in Pennsylvania.
Next Tuesday from 5PM-6PM the former “3rd Jersey Guy” will be joing the “Real Jersey Guys” on the radio.
Gannett columnist and best selling co-author of The Soprano State, Bob Ingle will be our guest for what promises to be an entertaining, informative and infuriating hour….just like Bob’s book and movie.
Bob and I will be doing to show from WIFI AM 1460’s studio in Florence rather than calling in so that the phone lines will be freed up for your calls to 609-447-0236 and 609-447-0237. My co-host, former Senator Dick LaRossa will be live on the line.
Our show is broadcast every Tuesday from 5PM-6PM on WIFI AM 1460 and on the Internet here.Repatriot Radio is our sponsor.
Former Long Branch Councilman Anthony Giordano is the CEO of Colonial American Bank. The bank, which is headquartered in Horsham, PA, is expanding into Monmouth County later this year.
We will be discussing the potential impact of the S & P downgrade on United States debt on the local economy.
Also joining us on the show will be Laureen Cummings of Old Forge, Pennsylvania. Cummings is the founder and president of the Scranton Tea Party. She is a Republican Committeewoman in Lackawanna County, PA.
She is a single mother, a nurse, and a small business owner who is considering a race for the GOP nomination to challenge U.S. Senator Bob Casey in 2012.
Your calls to the show are welcome and encouraged. The numbers are 609-447-0236 and 609-447-0237.
During the first half hour Assemblywoman Amy Handlin (R-13)discussed the good work she is doing to bring good government to New Jersey. Handlin shared her anti-corruption legislation, her new legislation to prevent fraud and abuse in the unemployment insurance system, and the Right to Work legislation she is co-sponsoring with Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon.
We ran out of time before Handlin could get into detail about the devastating impact ObamaCare will have on New Jersey residents. Handlin is one of the few people who has actually read the entire ObamaCare bill and understands the intrusive nature of the legislation we will experience if it is not repealed. We will have Handlinback to get into ObamaCare.
I have heard many Republicans gripe about Patrick Murray's work over the last year or so. Governor Christie once said on NJ 101.5's Ask the Governor that Murray "should go back to polling school" over a poll in which Murray reported the opinions of New Jersey residents rather than just registered voters.
Yet increasingly over the last several months Murray, the Director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, is the go to guy for local and national media outlets looking for expert commentary about New Jersey.
Murray characterises himself as "an independent observer reading the tea leaves" of the New Jersey electorate.
New Jersey Republicans are going to like what Murray sees in the tea(not necessarily tea party)leaves.
Regarding President Obama, when asked if Obama is becoming another Jimmy Carter, Murray said, "that's exactly what it looks like. The guy takes and backseat and doesn't inject himself as a leader." "He doesn't understand that the presidency is about the symbolic leadership of the country. The public doesn't get that impression of President Obama."
Murray said that Senator Robert Menendez's reelection chances are tied to Obama's coat tails. While recent polls show Obama OK in New Jersey, none have been taken since the recent debt/deficit deal in Washington and that it is a real possibility that Obama could lose New Jersey next year. "There is potential for a whole new ball game" in New Jersey. "Obama is not winning people over."
Murray said that Frank Pallone and Rush Holt vote in Congress "however they want to" without regard to the ideological preferences of their constituents because they have been completely protected by the way their districts are drawn. That may change with redistricting.
Murray had good things to say about Governor Christie too.
Handlin and her 13th district Assembly running mate Declan O’Scanlon are sponsors of the New Jersey “Right to Work Act” which prohibits payroll deductions for union dues and makes union membership voluntary.
Imagine getting your dream job that pays well, offers generous benefits and is located a few miles from your home.
But there’s a condition: You must pay Harold Camping $75 every month to help spread the word about his next Doomsday prediction.
That’s probably not a problem for those who believed Judgment Day was May 21 and are now convinced it’s coming Oct. 21, but most would object to an employer telling us what we should believe and how we should spend our money.
In America, people are free to believe whatever they want and support their beliefs however they choose.
In New Jersey, and many other states, however, workers are forced to join unions and fund their political priorities, regardless of their wishes.
I support workers’ right to organize, but that should be a personal choice. Those who agree withtheir union representatives have every right to join, but others should have the freedom to work without subsidizing and endorsing a group they disagree with.
Just last week Handlin announced that she is drafting legislation to prohibit voluntary retirees who are collecting a pension from simultaneously collecting unemployment benefits.
Tune in for what promises to be an informative half hour. Those who have questioned Handlin’s conservative ethos should especially call in and learn something.
Call in with questions and comments to 609-447-0237.
Patrick Murray, the founding director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute will be our guest for the second half hour of the show. Murray’s media profile has risen in recent months as increasingly he has become a “go to” expert for both local and national new outlets for commentary on New Jersey government and politics. We are pleased to have him on the show.
When Murray asked what I want to talk about I said, “whatever is current. We can talk about how the debt ceiling dealings in Washington will impact New Jersey politics, we can talk about Congressional Redistricting, and the upcoming legislative races.” We’re not limited to those topics, and as always, your calls are welcome and encouraged.
Listen live between 5PM and 6PM here and call in to 609-447-0237.
If you miss the show, a recording will be posted here on MMM, hopefully by 9PM.
Senator Mike Doherty was our guest for the first half hour of the show. Doherty spoke about his proposed legislation to equalize education funding throughout the state and was non-committal about running for U.S. Senate next year.
During the second half hour we had a call from “Mark from Anna Little’s district” who called into to say that he had information that many people were calling their congressmen in support of President Obama’s plan (whatever that is) for the debt ceiling. Mark said another report said calls were coming into Washington in favor of Speaker Boehner’s plan. Mark’s point was to ask listeners to call their congressman to support reduced government spending.
The last twenty minutes of the show are Dick LaRossa and I speaking about the debt ceiling. Here’s what a commenter said about that portion of the show:
Art, I didn’t catch all of the show. When I was able to turn in, some guy was rambling on incoherently about Social Security bonds and some 1983 law. (Who was he?) I am a big fan, Art, but you should have cut him off rather than let him ramble on like that. I bet he put half your audience to sleep reading that non-sense for what seemed like minutes on end.
That guy was my partner, Dick LaRossa. Dick was passionate that there will be no Social Security crisis if the government defaults. He was railing against Obama and the Democrats scare tactics regarding the debt ceiling. I have to go back and listen to the end of the show myself to be sure I understand what he was talking about!
I hope you enjoy the show and that you will tune in next Tuesday from 5PM-6PM at WIFI AM 1460 or on the Internet at WIFI1460AM.com.
State Senator Mike Doherty will be our guest for the first half hour of this afternoon’s LaRossa and Gallagher: Real Jersey Guys Radio Show which will be broadcast live on WIFI AM 1460 and on the Internet here from 5PM till 6PM. The show is sponsored by Repatriot Radio.
The Borough of Oceanport past a resolution in support of the plan last week. Councilman Joe Irace said,
“Our School District is one of the many treated unfairly by the State of New Jersey when school aid dollars are appropriated. According to Senator Mike Doherty, our Borough gets back $0.01 for each dollar we send to Trenton.
If all school tax revenue collected by New Jersey were to be distributed equally to each student, it would equate to $7,481 per student. Given our enrollment projections, adoption of this plan would result in an increase in State school, aid of $4,122,031.00 annually. This change would provide meaningful tax relief for Oceanport residents immediately.”
During the second half hour former State Senator Dick LaRossa and I will be discussing the negotiations happening in Washington over the federal debt ceiling and taking your calls.
If you would like to be part of the show, call into 609-447-0236 or 609-447-0237.