January 8, 2008. Posted by Grey Johnson.
WBGO staff were invited to attend a game at the new Newark Arena as guests of the NJ Ironmen. Membership Manager Grey Johnson brought his ten year old daughter and avid soccer player, Georgie. This is her report.
I went to the Newark Arena last night to see a professional soccer game. Let me tell you something, it was the best night of my life! The teams were the New Jersey Ironmen against the Detroit Ignition. Unfortunately, the NJ Ironmen lost. But the competition was still great! The soccer field was huge but the teams were very good at the passing, goalkeeping and kicking, [they could kick the ball across the whole field with one kick!] I loved this building, everything is so modern! They do concerts, hockey, soccer, and more in this building. When I heard this news, I wondered how they changed the arena from a stage into a soccer field into an ice rink in only two hours! Luckily, I came across a woman who worked at the arena that could tell me the answer. She said that the soccer field was a rug that people roll up after the game is over. Under that soccer field, is a coat of ice, and under the ice is wood. If they want to make it into a stage, they melt the ice and put in a stage. Everyone was very nice to me too.
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January 8, 2008
It may be time to re-examine the French, y'all.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy is in Egypt today and the paps have been on his tail, not because he's the prez of France or because he's doing anything especially earth-shaking. Nowadays, the recently-separated Sarkozy, 52, is attracting attention for the company he's keeping, one lovely and talented former super-model and heiress Carla Bruni.
Bruni, 39, is not only quite beautiful (she's a super-model, for goodness sake.) but the Italian-born French citizen sings pretty good, too. She released an album in 2003 that was actually quite well received. So, I looked her up. Here's some of Carla Bruni on a Euro TV show. It ain't jazz but I could listen to this. - David Cruz
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January 8, 2008
This will be a very busy week in politics. The new state legislature is being sworn in today, with the highest turnover of lawmakers in a generation and with more women than ever in the history of New Jersey. It is before this new group that Governor Jon Corzine will deliver his third annual State of the State address. The big news expected to come out of that speech is the official unveiling of the governor's so-called Asset Monetization plan.
That plan is going to mean major toll increases, 50 percent every four years, (That is not a misprint.) beginning in 2010, on the NJ Turnpike, Garden State Parkway and Atlantic City Expressway, not to mention the creation of new tolls on route 440. On the bright side, says Corzine, the state will be able to borrow money against the future toll increases in order to pay down the debt and improve the state's infrastructure.
The plan is going to need approval from the legislature and that is not a given, especially given a new class of lawmakers and what is expected to be a collective gasp from motorists around the state.
We'll be keeping an eye on this all day day, after which we'll turn our attention to New Hampshire. Our interest in New Hampshire is not so much the results there, per se, but what they may mean for New Jersey's Democratic primary in February.
Senator Hillary Clinton has maintained a huge lead in New Jersey, but observers believe that if Senator Barack Obama wins New Hampshire big, as expected, New Jersey would be in play. With that in mind, Obama has scheduled an organizing rally for tomorrow in Jersey City.
In case you're wondering, here's how the state's Democratic big-wigs are lining up. Governor Corzine, Rep. Donald Payne and Senator Bob Menendez are down with Hillary, while Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Jersey City Mayor Jerremiah Healey are backing Barack. Prepare to be relevant New Jersey. Like Yung Joc said "It's goin' down!" - David Cruz
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