Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Actually, They Don't Represent MOST Women!

Let's Pray That Some Good Comes Out Of This!

Before The Internet: Secrets Of A Digital Pioneer!

ISN. Megahertz. X.25. WAN. 
What do all these terms mean?
How did they come to be?
And what did they evolve into?
Dan Cirucci throws back the curtain on the digital world and talks to one of the original computer wizards -- a pioneering engineer who set up a groundbreaking digital communications system long before the Internet.
Watch this revealing interview with Jim Gray and learn how he made history then and what he's doing right now!

Fight Fake News; Help Catholic Students NOW!


Following is a special message 
from Catholic Vote www.catholicvote.org

This is wild! 

Did you hear about the Catholic kids from Covington, KY? 

Last Friday, they proudly attended the March for Life. Later in the day, as they prepared to depart Washington D.C., they were cursed and shouted at by protesters. Finally, they were confronted by a known Native American provocateur who beat his drum in their faces, while another Native American told the students to “go back to Europe where you came from.” 

Then get this... 

...a highly-edited video was circulated making it appear as if the kids instigated the confrontation! And so an online mob piled on, accusing these pro-life teens of being Trump-loving racist bigots. 

SHAME: CNN and the NY Times, along with an avalanche of left-wing activists, pounced. Author Reza Aslan told his 287,000 followers: “Have you ever seen a more punchable face than this kid’s?" Death threats ensued. The kids’ families have now been threatened. Famous musicians were encouraging their followers to track down the students and punch them. One of the people who issued a threat to the children lives in their neighborhood. Left-wing activists are now publishing the home addresses and phone numbers of the kids' families and urging people to destroy their lives, rescind their college acceptance letters... and ruin their future careers. 

But there’s more... 

Some of the loudest voices condemning these kids were Catholics! Including a famous Jesuit priest who regularly condemns others for their lack of compassion and mercy. 

Regrettably, even the Covington Catholic school and their local bishop issued statements critical of the kids -- though we hope and expect some of these statements may soon be revised or retracted. 

Here’s the REAL story: It all started when four Black Hebrew Israelites, a radical religious group centered on black identity, approached the Covington Catholic students and began heckling them with anti-gay slurs -- for almost an hour. In response, the students tried to be positive, and began singing school spirit songs. That’s when activist Nathan Phillips approached the Covington Catholic students. 

That’s right-- it was Phillips who approached the students, not the other way around. The full 9-minute video of the confrontation confirms this fact. The longer video also debunks the phony lie that the kids were chanting anything about building a wall. 

At the center of this controversy is a young Catholic kid named Nick Sandmann. 

Nick was singled out by Nathan Phillips, who beat his drum inches from Nick's face for several minutes. In a courageous statement released to the media, Nick said: 
“I was not intentionally making faces at the protestor. I did smile at one point because I wanted him to know that I was not going to become angry … I am a faithful Christian and practicing Catholic, and I always try to live up to the ideals my faith teaches me — to remain respectful of others, and to take no action that would lead to conflict or violence. 

“I am being called every name in the book, including a racist… 

“I have received physical and death threats via social media, as well as hateful insults…”

From all indications, Nick Sandmann acted about as well as anyone could have, given the harassment and verbal assault he endured. He and his friends were heckled and provoked. They refused to back down and stood their ground. 

In fact, I’m proud to stand with Nick Sandmann. 

This morning in our weekly staff meeting, we discussed ways CV could help. We have decided that this is a moment when Catholics have to step up. Left wing mobs are on the attack. They want to censor, silence, and shame us until we give up. 

We refuse to surrender. 

For the next 24 hours, all contributions made to the Catholic Vote Education Fund will be bundled and sent as a grant to Nick Sandmann and his family! 

We’ve decided it’s not enough to simply complain... 

Or push back with the truth (which we have). 

Catholics need to send a clear message: courage in the face of left-wing mobs should be rewarded! 

I want the Sandmann family to know CV has their back. 

No teenager or family should be forced to deal with this on their own. 

You can also add your note of support to the Sandmann family. We’ll send your comments along with our grant this week. 

Click HERE to send your support. 

Brian Birch, President, www.catholic vote.org

P.S. Please feel free to forward and share this message with anyone you know that might want to help. Nick Sandmann and his family are owed more than an apology. That’s why we are proud to do our small part to thank him for his courage, and to deal with the despicable mob that is out to destroy him.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Visiting Washington? Don't Miss THIS Attraction!

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington DC is a stunning tribute to a great man.
Having marched in Dr. King's Poor People's Campaign in 1968 we were particularly interested in seeing this memorial and we were not disappointed.
The grounds of the memorial overlook the Tidal Basin and just beyond one can see the Jefferson Memorial on the other side of the Basin.
A huge statue of Dr. King gazes across the memorial plaza and out toward the water. Dr. King stands here as we remember him: solid, resolute, determinedly serious and bigger than life. Behind the stature are two more stone structures (as Dr. King himself is carved out of a huge piece of stone) and on either side of these three pieces, curved walls envelop the visitor in quotes from Dr. King's speeches and writings.
Drawing on its location at the edge of the Tidal Basin, water is used as an essential element that builds on King's words and recalls most powerfully the theme of justice. The water appears only on either side of the main entry, not even visible until one has entered the memorial plaza. It is the sound of water “rolling down” that draws visitors' attention. From this life-giving source, Dr. King’s message begins stretching away from the entrance, at once welcoming and yet daring the visitor to follow.  
Put this near the top of you "must see" list when you visit our nation's capital!

Dr. King's Message For YOU, Right Now!

"You may be 38 years old as I happen to be, and one day some great opportunity stands before you and calls upon you to stand up for some great principle, some great issue, some great cause--and you refuse to do it because you are afraid; you refuse to do it because you want to live longer; you're afraid that you will lose your job, or you're afraid that you will be criticized or that you will lose your popularity or you're afraid that somebody will stab you or shoot at you or bomb your house, and so you refuse to take the stand. 
Well you may go on and live until you are 90, but you're just as dead at 38 as you would be at 90! 
And the cessation of breathing in your life is but the belated announcement of an earlier death of the spirit. 
You died when you refused to stand up for right, you died when you refused to stand up for truth, you died when you refused to stand up for justice..."
--Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1967

Dr. King was right.
If you are not involved in the great issues of your time and passionately committed to some cause, you may as well be dead.
When you don't care any more, when you lose your capacity for outrage, when nothing alarms you or disturbs you or provokes you, then how the hell do you even know that you're alive? In that case, if you pinch yourself you may not feel a damned thing. Not really feel it. Not in your heart and soul.
We are living during a time when everything seems to be conspiring to deaden the spirit -- to leave us overwhelmed with a feeling of helplessness; to leave us shell-shocked and numb.
We doubt that Dr. King would be pleased with the hopelessly temporal, morally relative and relentlessly secular America that surrounds us today.
And he certainly rejected -- and would continue to reject -- the culture of death.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a deeply spiritual man. Yes, he was the first to admit he was flawed (indeed, he was a sinner as we all are). But Dr. King was a man of prayer and reflection -- someone who worked every day to live the message of Jesus Christ here on earth. Sometimes he succeeded. Sometimes he didn't. But his life had deep purpose and meaning.
And it was all embodied in a man of action -- a leader, a vigorous advocate who was not afraid to challenge conventional views but who also listened; a man of significant thought and contemplation; a man who sought out those who might not agree with him; a unifier and a bridge-builder.
The vapid worship of form over substance that envelopes us today and the cult of personality, style, image and flash that permeates the popular culture of 21st century America would not cheer Dr. King's soul. He was a man who was more at home in the realm of trials, not trends; in the world of fortitude, not fads; amidst duty, not disdain and dishonor.
Arrogance was not his meme. Indeed, ardor was his calling card.
We are proud to say that we lived through the all-too-brief time of Dr. King; that we proudly, openly supported his cause; that we walked with those who walked with him; that we fought for what he fought for.
We continue to be inspired by his words, his deeds and his remarkable life.

KABOOM! Brady Drops F Bomb After Big Win!

What Is A Man? In Two Minutes, THE FACTS!

Sunday, January 20, 2019

The Man Who [Literally] Put Cherry Hill On The Map

This is the story of how a gentle, bespectacled, uncharacteristically unassuming public servant made a world of difference for his hometown.

After Delaware Township (NJ) changed its name to Cherry Hill in 1961, a sort of magic came over the town and it entered an unprecedented growth spirt that continued well into the 1980s.
Part of the transformation involved Cherry Hill getting its own post office. Before that, there was no Cherry Hill address. Instead, if you lived in Cherry Hill your mail was usually addressed to the nearest community or neighborhood, such as Haddonfield or Merchantville or Ashland or Erlton.
But the new Cherry Hill address was still not enough to put Cherry Hill, literally, on the map. Nor was it enough to change roadside directional signs. 
So, if you looked at a map (and there was no digital mapping in those days, only paper maps) you saw Haddonfield and Camden and Merchantville and other older, more established towns but no Cherry Hill. Some more detailed maps showed older sections of Cherry Hill such as Ellisburg and Ashland but no Cherry Hill. And state highway signs directed you to these same locations but not to Cherry Hill.
It was almost as if there was a Cherry Hill Inn and a Cherry Hill Mall (and everybody knew about those attractions) but no real Cherry Hill.
As Cherry Hill grew and began to be built out from Pennsauken to Vorhees and from Camden to Evesham this became more and more of a problem. Yes, it helped that eventually there was a big water tower with the words “Cherry Hill” emblazoned on it that you could see from interstate 295 or the New Jersey Turnpike, but there was no exit that said “Cherry Hill” — only exits that directed you to places like Camden or Collingswood or Philadelphia. 
In fact, in the 1970s, it was not uncommon for motorists to stop at a gas station for directions to Cherry Hill (remember, there were no travel apps) only to be told that they were already in Cherry Hill or, conversely that they had overshot Cherry Hill by five or ten miles.
The situation was nothing short of exasperating.
So, in response to numerous complaints, then Cherry Hill Mayor John T. Holden set out to do something about the situation. He was warned this would not be easy. But Holden was a very determined man. 
Still, the more he tried to identify the source of Cherry Hill’s geographic anonymity, the harder it became to pinpoint the culprit. The post office, the New Jersey Department of Transportation, mapmakers, the US Census Bureau — all of these departments and agencies pointed the finger at one another. Nobody seemed to want to take responsibility for the conundrum.
Finally, Holden called an unprecedented summit on Cherry Hill’s lack of official recognition. And, he invited representatives from all of these agencies and well as local, county, state and federal elected officials. In addition, he opened the whole thing to the public and the news media to highlight the problem.
At this unprecedented open forum, they thrashed it all out and it soon became apparent that the crux of the problem seemed to be that townships weren’t recognized geographically in the same manner as towns, boroughs and cities. Though they were official government entities, townships were viewed as mere collections of subdivisions and little more. In short, they were not deemed map-worthy.
Well, this revelation not only distressed Cherry Hill but it threw every other township in New Jersey into a state of apoplexy. 
What? Townships were not places? Since when?!
If there’s one thing that politicians and government agencies understand it’s that there’s strength in numbers. And, all of a sudden Cherry Hill had lots of allies all over the state. 
Suddenly, the logjam was broken. because it wasn’t just about Cherry Hill anymore but now it was about Evesham and Pennsauken and Mount Laurel and Hamilton and Washington and Woolwich and all 241 townships all over the state.
Of course, government policies and practices never change easily or quickly but things really did begin to change. And, over time, Cherry Hill began appearing on road maps and on road signs. Where official state directional signs once said “Camden Philadelphia” they now said “Cherry Hill Camden Philadelphia.” Where they once said “Haddonfield Collingswood” they now said “Cherry Hill Haddonfield Collingswood.” Where they once said Erlton or Ashland they now simply said Cherry Hill. 
The change was dramatic, impactful, even stunning. 
And it all happened because of one man: John T. Holden.
He’s the guy who literally put Cherry Hill on the map!

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It Seems Like A Reasonable Offer To Us . . .

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How They Specialize In Blaming Others

And Yet Another Story Big Media Won't Tell!

Saturday, January 19, 2019

THIS Is Why We've Sworn Off Gillette Products!

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Cherry Hill Dining? NEW And Worth Your Attention!

Here are five new (or relatively new) eateries in the Cherry Hill area that are worth your attention. We've tried every one of these and have been delighted!

A great new, gleaming addition right in the center of Kings Highway in beautiful Haddonfield Incredibly good Italian food all presented fresh and right in front of you. Pick whatever you'd like along the beautiful array of food (see above) and it's yours! Great, crispy pizza, pasta, chicken, salads, soups -- you name it. Outdoor dining in season, too.

Whole Hog Cafe
They've moved down the road on Route 70 so now they're just east of the old race track circle, not far from Wegman's. The new place seems more open, brighter and more welcoming. Same great pulled pork and other award-winning treats. Try the brisket. You won't be disappointed!

Joe Italiano's Maplewood
They've been famous in Hammonton for years. Now, they're at the Moorestown Mall. A full service sit down restaurant with homemade pasta and some of the finest Italian treats you'll find anywhere. Service is helpful, friendly and attentive; the menu is extensive and the lunch specials are wonderful! Fully stocked bar, too.

Go Stir-Fry Express
Right on Maple Avenue at Haddonfield Road near the Cherry Hill Mall, this place is a gem. Delicious, freshly-made stir-fry bowls  and sushi for take out, freshly prepared. You pick out the ingredients from a long list and the treat is constructed to your specifications and ready to go. Healthy, too!

Braise 116
A cozy haven in  Haddonfiled's mini mall at 116 Kings Highway featuring skillfully-prepared, artfully-crafted, small-plate dishes with impeccable presentations. An imaginative menu that invites sharing and conviviality in an intimate environment. Every dish is a work off art!

She Seizes Stage: 'The Women's March Hates Jews!'

Let's Put It In Clear And Simple Terms . . .

Friday, January 18, 2019

From Far And Near They Came, All For LIFE!

This year marks the 46th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wadeand Doe v. Bolton decisions that legalized abortion nationwide.

Over 3,000 faithful from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia took part in the Annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. today to promote respect and protection for all human life from conception to natural death.
The March for Life activities began with an opening Vigil Mass at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception yesterday. The principal celebrant and homilist was Most Reverend Joseph F. Naumann, Archbishop of Kansas City, Kansas, and Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Pro-Life Activities.

A National Prayer Vigil for Life will immediately followed the Mass. It included opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, a Rosary for Life, and Holy Hours for Life. Seminaries from around the country led individual Holy Hours throughout the night. Seminarians from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia led a Holy Hour from 1:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.

This morning, Most Reverend Timothy C. Senior, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia and Rector of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, was the homilist at a special Mass for approximately 3,000 faithful from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia who attended the March for Life this year. Participants included strong representation from Archdiocesan high schools as well as parish and regional Catholic elementary schools.

The March for Life 2019 Rally took place at noon. on the grounds of the Washington Monument. Following the rally, participants from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia gathered on Madison Drive Avenue between 12th and 14th Streets to begin the march at approximately 1:00 p.m.

They marched behind the Archdiocese of Philadelphia banner, carried by seminarians from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. Auxiliary Bishops Michael J. Fitzgerald, John J. McIntyre, and Timothy C. Senior will led the Philadelphian contingent during the march.

Now He's 'Forcing Huge Costs On Employers' . . .

New Jersey State Senator Anthony Bucco said that a minimum wage plan announced by Democrats yesterday will force small business owners to make tough choices about staffing levels and the adoption of labor-replacing technologies.

“As a small business owner, I understand how difficult it is to maintain employees’ jobs and benefits when we’re constantly faced with new taxes and expensive mandates from the State,” said Bucco (R-25). “I have no doubt that the huge costs being forced on employers by Governor Murphy and the Democratic legislature will lead to reduced hours for workers, layoffs, and the faster adoption of automation technologies that are already leading to workforce reductions in many industries.”

Bucco noted that self-service technologies, including checkout kiosks and ordering tablets, are increasingly common in the retail and restaurant industries.

Similarly, rapid advances in robotics are providing employers with affordable options to replace workers in labor intensive jobs in a variety of industries, including agriculture, shipping, and warehousing.

“The simple fact is that many low-skill jobs won’t be worth $15 an hour to an employer when they have access to reliable technology that can perform the same function at a competitive cost,” added Bucco. “Governor Murphy doesn’t understand that the minimum wage for unemployed workers who have lost their jobs to robots or kiosks is zero."

Have You Been Paying Attention To THIS?

One of the more insidious places where anti-Israel activity takes places is in school materials. 
It is incumbent on those of you with school-age kids or grandkids to look through their textbooks and supplementary materials. Those of you who are teachers can also examine books dealing with history, world affairs or related subjects. 
If you find falsehoods, distortions or other “facts” that are skewed against Israel, please let us at Greater Philadelphia ZOA (Zionist Organization of America) know. 
The youngest generations must start off with the truth long before there are attempts on college campuses to turn them against Israel.
For a copy of Greater Philadelphia ZOA’s Textbook Survey Form, click this link:

If You Can Figure This One Out, Let Us Know!

Another BIG Story The Media Hide From You . . .

You'd hardly know it for all the attention it got but today an estimated 100,000 plus Pro-Life Americans marched on Capitol Hill today to reflect and challenge what some call the worst Supreme Court decision since the infamous Dred Scott case of 1857, Roe v. Wade. 
An estimated 60 million abortions have been performed since Norma McCorvey (who was known as Jane Roe in the 1973 case that legalized abortions in the United States) was part of that landmark case.
Norma McCorvey never got an abortion. Her daughter is now 48 years old. Roe v. Wade is based on a lie.
Thank God for those who still speak out, march for, pray for and organize for the end to the horror of abortion on demand. Pray for them -- and for our country!

Well, The Idea DOES Have Some Merit, Yes?

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Can You Decipher The Logic Of THIS? We Can't!

VIDEO: Startling New Interpretation Of A Classic!

Jeremy Jordan "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’" R&H Goes Pop! (Official Music Video) 

Experience Rodgers & Hammerstein like never before! Contemporary twists on timeless classics, R&H GOES POP is an unforgettable celebration of 75 years of Broadway’s most influential collaborators. Join your favorite Broadway stars as they put their own spin on the Rodgers & Hammerstein songbook.

 Learn more about Rodgers & Hammerstein:  http://www.rnh.com 
Watch more of R&H Goes Pop!: https://bit.ly/2D4p2sG R&H GOES POP! 

- "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’" Artist: Jeremy Jordan Hosted Laura Osnes Arrangements by Benjamin Rauhala Directed and Shot by Nathan Johnson, Drift Studios Produced by Dana Siegel and The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, A Concord Music Company http://www.concord.com Co-Producers: David Eric Loughner and Haydyn Meythaler 

"Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’" - Copyright © 1943 by WILLIAMSON MUSIC, Copyright Renewed. 

JEREMY JORDAN: Jeremy is a Tony and Grammy®-nominated actor and singer. He starred for the past three years on the CBS and CW hit, “Supergirl.” He can be heard as the voice of Varian in Disney Channel’s animated series, “Tangled,” based on the 2010 hit movie. Earlier, he was a series regular on NBC’s musical drama, “Smash.” 
He starred opposite Anna Kendrick in the film adaptation of Jason Robert Brown’s beloved musical, “The Last 5 Years,” for which he was honored with the Rising Star Award at the Napa Film Festival. Jordan also starred opposite Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton in Todd Graff’s Warner Bros. picture, “Joyful Noise.” 
On Broadway, he originated the role of Jack Kelly in Disney’s hit musical, Newsies, earning Tony, Grammy and Drama Desk nominations. He reprised the role in 2016 in Disney’s nationwide filmed release of Newsies, taped live onstage at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles.
Jordan originated the role of Clyde Barrow in Broadway’s Bonnie & Clyde, for which he won the Theatre World Award. He got his Broadway start in Rock of Ages and then starred as Tony in the most recent Broadway revival of West Side Story. https://www.facebook.com/Jeremy-Jorda... https://twitter.com/JeremyMJordan https://www.instagram.com/jeremymjordan 

LAURA OSNES: Laura Osnes starred in the title role of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella on Broadway, for which she received a Drama Desk Award and her second Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. Laura created the role of Julia Trojan in the new musical Bandstand, which recently completed its Tony Award-winning run on Broadway. 
Her other Broadway credits include Bonnie in Bonnie and Clyde (Tony Award nomination), Hope Harcourt in the Tony Award-winning revival of Anything Goes (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Astaire Award nominations), Nellie Forbush in Lincoln Center Theater’s production of South Pacific, and Sandy in the most recent revival of Grease. 
Other New York/regional credits include The Blueprint Specials, The Threepenny Opera (Drama Desk Award nomination) at the Atlantic Theater Company; City Center Encores! productions of The Band Wagon, Randy Newman’s Faust, and Pipe Dream; The Sound of Music in concert at Carnegie Hall; Carousel opposite Steven Pasquale at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Broadway: Three Generations at the Kennedy Center. 
On television, she has been seen on the CBS series “Elementary”, in the HBO pilot “The Miraculous Year”, Sondheim: The Birthday Concert at Avery Fisher Hall, HBO’s documentary Six By Sondheim, and the Kennedy Center Honors salutes to Barbara Cook (2011) and Dustin Hoffman (2012). 
Her many concerts and cabarets include performing with Michael Feinstein, the New York Philharmonic, The New York Pops, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, The Boston Pops, The San Francisco Symphony, and The National Symphony Orchestra, as well as appearing in such venues as Carnegie Hall, The Café Carlyle, Feinstein’s/54 Below, Lincoln Center, The Smith Center in Las Vegas, and MN Orchestra Hall. 
In addition to being heard on several cast recordings, Laura has two solo albums, Dream A Little Dream: Live at The Café Carlyle and If I Tell You: The Songs of Maury Yeston. https://twitter.com/LauraOsnes https://www.instagram.com/lauraosnes

'Ya Know, Two Can Play This Game . . .

Oh, There Goes That 'Ole Double Standard . . .

VIDEO: Broadway Lights Go Dark For Legend

Broadway's lights went dark for a full minute last night in memory of one of Broadway's greatest legends, Carol Channing. This is an honor only rarely accorded by the League of Broadway Theaters (The Broadway League) and if you look closely at the video, in the distance you can see an image of Channing on one of the far screens to the right. That was the only light left on among the many theaters along this strip just off Times Square.
Coincidentally, this occurred 55 years to the day since the opening of Hello, Dolly!
RIP, Carol Channing!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Goofiest Gov Goes Ballistic, Stirs Ire Of Dem Locals

So now New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is all hot 'n bothered about tax breaks granted by the state to various companies to keep them in New Jersey or attract them to New Jersey so they can boost the economy and create and/or save jobs.
Ya see, the governor needs something -- anything -- to distract from growing scandals surrounding his one-year-old administration.
So, he's settled on a war against a program designed to provide tax incentives to the tune of up to $11 billion since 2005 -- that's 14 years, in case you're counting and that includes both Democrat and Republican administrations.
It's important to note that only a fraction of the $11 billion earmarked for this program has actually been distributed this far. And, the program has reportedly generated $34 billion in capital investment in the state and saved or created nearly a quarter million jobs.
But Murphy (who made his zillions via Big Time corporate investments and other money exchanges) now seems to be at war with business. So, that facts will not stand in his way as ht plays the progressive blame game,
But, don't take our word for it.
No, instead listen what a top local DEMOCRAT has to say about the words of his party's standard-bearer yesterday:
Statement of Camden County Freeholder Director Louis J. Cappelli, Jr.

“Disappointingly, I watched the Governor address the legislature wasting time and energy to relitigate the same subject matter he brought up last week. Unfortunately, these critical comments ring hollow compared with his actions by trying to give away billions of dollars in incentives to some of the richest people in the world. Since he has taken office the Governor has employed this same tax incentive program to the tune of more than $5 billion to entice Jeff Bezos, the richest man on the planet, to move a part of the Amazon corporation to Newark and another undisclosed $200 million award the Murphy administration approved to a wealthy international pharmaceutical company, AmerisourceBergen less than a year ago. His actions and his words do not seem to be following the same pattern and his ad lib anger seems to be more theater than real scorn.

The EDA has been working on these incentives statewide since 1996 and the Governor continues to paint all incentive recipients with a broad, righteous brush. Instead of trying to demonize all of the companies who have worked to be part of a once in a lifetime transformation in Camden, the city should have been celebrated like our counterparts in North Jersey in today’s speech.

In Camden County, we have had a renaissance take place in the city and county that has been nationally recognized by everyone from President Barack Obama to national publications like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Before the Governor decides to paint with such a broad brush I would hope that he identifies corporations that are not following the law the way it was intended.
Measured by every objective metric, Camden is a success story in the making based on the use of the current EDA incentive program. The results are irrefutable and tangible throughout the city and it wasn’t by happenstance that these changes took place.

The New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act of 2013 (“Grow”) has been a catalyst to attract businesses to Camden. The Grow program was a successful attempt to rebuild the city by incentivizing companies to locate their offices here. In the future, we believe enhancements laid out in the Comptroller’s report can make the program more effective and will further provide a boost to our city using more surgical methods. Based on the Comptroller’s analysis and recommendations we believe the findings are the basis to make the EDA incentive system stronger. We agree with the Comptroller’s Office that the incentives have been “critical tools in the state’s effort to retain and attract business enterprises” and we also agree that policies can be enhanced to improve confidence in the operation of the overall program.
Bottom line: We couldn't agree with Freeholder Cappelli more and we thank him for speaking honestly and forthrightly not only on behalf of the county but also on behalf of our beloved hometown of Camden. Bravo!