Jaffe Morning Briefing - February 23, 2017

b32f997686619c8ac283_banner.jpg
b32f997686619c8ac283_banner.jpg

OUR TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

ON THE AIR - If you like to shout at people, mock their opinions and hang up on them, you may be qualified for New Jersey governor. Or, you could get a gig on WFAN sports radio, which may be the next step for Gov. Chris Christie, who could be on the short list to replace afternoon host Mike Francesca when he retires, conveniently, in December. Or, if that doesn't pan out, Christie could always be the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor, apparently the latest Trump job that's been dangled. 

BRANCHBURG - Say what you want about Rep. Leonard Lance's stance on ObamaCare and other GOP agenda items, but at least he was willing to walk into a buzzsaw last night at Raritan Valley Community College, facing a pissed-off crowd eager to find a Republican to yell at. Other members of Congress have been quiet as church mice, while the headline of today's Star-Ledger blares "Angry Crowd Jeers Lance at Town Hall." Again, at least Lance showed up, brutalized by hundreds for wanting to strip funding for Planned Parenthood and for not joining in demands to see Trump's tax returns.  

Sign Up for E-News

BARNEGAT LIGHT - Want a shore house "That's Mmm Mmm Good?" Billionaire heiress to the Campbell Soup fortune, Mary Alice Dorrance Malone, hopes to unload her 4-bedroom, 3-bath oceanfront home here for a cool $2.295 million. Malone - whose chemist grandfather invented condensed soup in 1897 - is considered Philadelphia's richest person with her $3.9 billion fortune. NJ.com says Malone dropped her sale price by $300,000 since last summer, but it sounds like buyers may still have plenty of wiggle room. Maybe she can throw in a case of chicken noodle.

ATLANTIC CITY - When the next Miss America is crowned - and the world is shaken by such unbelievably interesting news - don't expect thousands of balloons to be released in the air as part of the intergalactic celebration. That's because the Atlantic City council says no more balloons can be released, as marine life has been eating them and dying. Atlantic City now follows similar ordinances from surrounding towns, leaving pageant attendees to merely applaud when the winner is announced at the climax of this "drama."  

NEWARK - If you are wondering why your new smartphone is made of cardboard and Elmer's glue, now you have someone to blame: Three guys have admitted in federal court to smuggling in 40,000 counterfeit electronics from China, including iPhones and iPads, between 2009 and 2014. If the items were real, they would have been worth $15 million. The fake ones, though, are worth around 60 cents. 

IN OTHER IMPORTANT NEWS 

ON THE AIR - Hey, did he just flip the bird to 'Jeopardy!' viewers? Screen grabs of contestant Viraj Mehta went viral on social media Tuesday after the Stanford math major appeared to give the Jersey salute on camera for six seconds. While Mehta answered a funny question from host Alex Trebek about how to fold and eat pizza, he demonstrated with his left hand giving the middle-finger gesture in the process, the Huffington Post reports. Mehta says "it's super cool to be temporarily famous" and "a lot of fun to have made a rude hand gesture on national TV," but swears he really didn't mean to do it.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY 

It was this day in 1983 that the subpar New Jersey Generals landed Herschel Walker to play in the subpar USFL. (3 years for $5 million)  

WORD OF THE DAY 

Distaff - [DISS-taff] - adjective 

Definition: Related through a mother  

Example: I get my guilt from the distaff side. 

WEATHER IN A WORD 

70?

Editor's Note:  Jaffe Communications is the franchisee/publisher of TAPinto New Brunswick.

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

New Brunswick

The Jaffe Briefing - June 19, 2018

TRENTON - It is June. That must mean our state lawmakers are yelling at each other over the proposed state budget, which must be adopted by the end of the month or government shuts down. Some media is refraining from coverage of the daily blow-by-blow, as the typical resident just assumes taxes will go up, no matter what. But, here is the latest. Gov. Phil Murphy has his proposed ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 18, 2018

DOWN THE SHORE - If you see all those mega-mansions on the beach, and admit to being just a wee bit jealous, here's something to quietly smile about: All of those glorious homes will likely be underwater.  NJ Spotlight reports rising sea levels make the New Jersey coast particularly vulnerable, with the Garden State ranking second to Florida with the biggest chronic risk ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 15, 2018

JERSEY CITY - Should topless women be allowed in the city?  That's the big issue consuming the City Council these days, as members continue to debate 1980s-era obscenity laws. There was supposed to be a vote at the council meeting on Wednesday, but it didn't happen. Before there is a vote, it appears the goal is to wrangle support of all nine members of the City Council. The nagging ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 14, 2018

EAST RUTHERFORD - The typical sports fan in New Jersey has until 2026 to get excited about professional soccer. That's because the Meadowlands could be the epicenter of the soccer world, a contender to host the World Cup. It could be  an amazing coup for New Jersey, although expect worldwide marketers to try to convince everyone that the big game would be played in "New ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 13, 2018

ATLANTIC CITY - When the Hard Rock Café and Casino opens June 28, a strip club will also open on the property. But this isn't your typical, dark titty bar. No, it is 36,000 square feet of space, about the size of a typical Marshalls. So, figure the place is wall-to-wall strippers, each jiggling for money. That could equal about 300 jiggles per minute on a ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 12, 2018

STATEWIDE - Perhaps it is time for the state to upgrade to Windows 95, as the second big computer crash in a week spelled disaster for the state's computer systems. The biggest hit came to the state's Motor Vehicle agencies, jamming efforts to renew driver's licenses, or for people to get titles or register vehicles. This mess somehow made the lines at the MVC even longer, the ...

Upcoming Events

Thu, June 21, 8:00 PM

New Brunswick

Sing-a-Long Grease: 40th Anniversary

Carousel_image_f442011d67fefc1cb5a2_spb-4937_newsletter_june_23

Sat, June 23, 7:00 PM

TD Bank Ballpark, Bridgewater

Somerset Patriots vs. Southern Maryland Blue ...

Rutgers-led “Tick Blitz” finds exotic Longhorned Ticks statewide

June 5, 2018

New Brunswick, N.J. - Researchers at  University–New Brunswick’s Rutgers Center for Vector Biology have found exotic longhorned ticks in four New Jersey counties – and confirmed that these northeast Asian ticks have been present in the Garden State since at least 2013.

The new detection of these ticks in Mercer County was made through the first-ever statewide ...

Rutgers football stadium has a new name

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Many still call it Rutgers Stadium.

But for seven years, the university's football stadium has been known as High Point Solutions Stadium, thanks to a $600,000 annual agreement with a Sparta-based company. But, as the company has shifted its marketing, so has the stadium's name.

So, now, Rutgers is officially home to "HighPoint.com Stadium" for the 2018 ...

Composer lyrisicist Sondheim at Rutgers, tells would-be writers ‘it’s hard work’

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Acclaimed Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim says his work is less about talent and more about the labor and drudgery of “hard work.”

“It’s not about waiting for inspiration. It’s not about talent,” Sondheim said Friday while speaking before an audience at Rutgers University’s Nicholas Music Center.

“You ...

Couple netted $8M from fake Uggs, designer bags, prosecutor says

June 15, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Plainsboro couple could face charges of of selling counterfeit designer shoes and handbags, netting $8 million and sending $3 million to people in China, authorities said today.

Yan Shi, 36, and her husband, Weiping Liu, 40, were arrested Thursday and charged with first-degree money laundering and second-degree conspiracy to violate the New Jersey Trademark ...

OPINION

Hearing Loss Common in School-Aged Children

May 30, 2018

With close to 15% of U.S. children ages 6–19 experiencing hearing loss, New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NJSHA) notes that May Is Better Hearing & Speech Month is the ideal time for parents to learn more about the sometimes-subtle signs of hearing loss, ways it can affect school-aged children, and where to find help.

“Some children are born ...

Promise Culinary School Slates Open Houses June 21 and 22 In New Brunswick with Tours, Tastings, Prizes

June 15, 2018

Promise Culinary School will host open houses for the community and prospective students on Thursday, June 21, from noon to 3 p.m. and 5  to 7:30 p.m., and on Friday, June 22, from noon to 4 p.m. at 211 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick. The events are free and open to the public.

The events will include kitchen tours, demonstrations, tastings, raffles and prizes. Tours and activities ...

Ensure Safe Sleep While Traveling with Baby

June 6, 2018

As we approach the summer, there will be plenty of expected travel for families, from visiting grandma at the beach to heading out on a long, well-deserved vacation. 

When staying overnight at a friend’s or family’s place, it is important to maintain the same sleep practices as you do at home. Your baby should be sleeping in a safe, modern crib that meets the latest ...