Mark Di Ionno

March 26, 2019

Why would they all leave? It’s the question to which I know the answer to, but still find it incomprehensible when I see the rugged beauty and enjoy the simple lifestyle of Southern Italy even for a too-short vacation.  They left to find work. They left for the promise of America, and the ...

Read more »

I like Gov. Phil Murphy, but he's making a liar out of me. Me and millions of parents. For a couple of generations now, mothers and fathers have been warning children about the dangers of pot smoking. Now the governor comes along and tells them there is no Santa Claus. I’ve been warning my ...

Read more »

Luis Da Silva, Jr., says he got his start in a “two by four” backyard in Elizabeth, where he would spend hours with just a basketball.  “It was a rough neighborhood and my mother didn’t want me down at the basketball courts,” Da Silva said. In those lonely hours of dribbling and inventing ...

Read more »

NJ Spotlight, an online news site dedicated to covering state government and doing in-depth analysis of public policy and its aftershocks, has been acquired by WNET, the Public Broadcasting Service operator of NJTV. Together, NJ Spotlight and NJTV, will form a multi-platform news service ...

Read more »

You’ve got to love Newark Mayor Ras Baraka’s latest move in the continuing marathon to lure Amazon’s second headquarters to his city. The mayor wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post, the newspaper owned by Amazon gazillionare Jeff Bezos. In it, he makes yet another pitch for Newark, and thereby ...

Read more »

So, the kid who went viral in that Lincoln Memorial confrontation is suing the Washington Post. Good. That might sound strange coming from a journalist. But what is happening to people like Nicholas Sandmann, the kid with the smirk on his face and the MAGA hat on his head, isn’t ...

Read more »

For a dozen years I was a news columnist at the state’s largest newspaper and in the decade prior to that, I was its editor in charge of all local news. I semi-retired from that company in December and wrote a farewell column expressing gratitude for being able to make a living doing something I ...

Read more »