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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January 8, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
This has nothing to do with jazz, and everything to do with football. When you grow up in the South, SEC football is king. And when you grow up in Louisiana, there's only one team you care about - the LSU Tigers. The Bayou Bengals, as we called them "down the bayou."
LSU 38, Ohio State 24. That's the final word on one of the craziest seasons in college football I've seen. I know there are gonna be some haters out there (USC, UGA, KU and Missouri fans, particularly), but I'm convinced that the Tigers are the top team in the nation.
After the first six minutes of the BCS game, I wasn't so sure. OSU scored ten points quickly, and they looked ready to play. LSU proceeded to score 31 unanswered points, and the die was cast.
Apologies to WBGO News Director Doug Doyle, who lost his football pool when the combined team score surpassed 40 points. Helmets off to LSU special teams play, and to DT Glenn Dorsey, a class act who will surely go in the top five of the NFL draft.
Final stat - LSU is the only team to have won two BCS Championship trophies. Geaux Tigers. - Josh
PS It's almost 2am. I'm going to pay for this later. My flight to IAJE in Toronto leaves in 4 hours.
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January 7, 2008. Posted by David Tallacksen.
IAJE is coming up, and we'll be broadcasting from it - bringing you great interviews and music and more. The trick is, this year IAJE is in another country - Canada. Toronto, to be exact. But that means we have to set up a mini studio in a place that one needs a passport to fly to. So what do we do? We'll be renting the big equipment (mixers and such) from the very helpful CBC (which you owe it to yourself to check out some of their radio offering). But there is still a lot of little stuff to bring:
Now I just need to find room for a shirt or two...
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