Egypt and Israel – Two New Jersey Stories

Originally published on Politickernj

 

I am following the street uprisings in Egypt with a most profound sense of apprehension. There is no doubt in my mind as to the ultimate dreadful outcome.

 

President Hosni Mubarak will be deposed within the next three months.  Although leading dissident and former United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei will be the new nominal leader of the Egyptian government, real power will be held by the Muslim Brotherhood.  One can expect that within days after the Muslim Brotherhood gains control, the Egyptian government will sever diplomatic relations with Israel and withdraw its recognition of the Jewish State’s right to exist.

 

Just as Iran serves as a base for Shiite Islamic terrorism, Egypt will serve as a base for Sunni Islamic terrorism.  Iran presently is the patron of the terrorist Hezbollah forces in Lebanon, and Egypt will henceforth be the patron for Hamas terrorist forces in Gaza.   While Mubarak blocked access to forces attempting to provide weapons to Hamas from the Sinai, one can expect that the Sinai will now become a superhighway through which Hamas will be supplied the most sophisticated terrorist military equipment.

 

Historically, there has been real antipathy between Sunni and Shiite nations, as exemplified by the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s.  The hatred that Sunni and Shiite Muslim fundamentalists feel towards Israel, however, has resulted in recent collaboration between the terrorist Shiite state of Iran and the terrorist Sunni forces of Hamas.  One can expect that eventually, the historic animus between Sunni and Shiite Muslims will result in Egypt and Iran becoming bitter adversarial nations.

 

 Sunni and Shiite Muslim fundamentalists both want to destroy Israel and expel the Jews from the Middle East, however.  Accordingly, when it comes to Israel, the new government in Egypt and the government in Iran will cooperate in efforts to utilize their respective terrorist subsidiaries, Hamas and Hezbollah to make life unbearable for the people of Israel.

 

Accordingly, within the next few years, Israel will be compelled to reoccupy Gaza to crush Hamas terrorism.  Eventually, this will bring Israel into conflict with Egypt. 

 

My pessimistic analysis is not only based on my perspective as a strong Jewish supporter of Israel. 

 

As an undergraduate at Northwestern University, I studied the Arab world in depth under the tutelage of the late Dr. Ibrahim Abu-LuGhod, a Palestinian Arab who was one of the two representatives of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) who met with former Secretary of State George Shultz after the United States opened diplomatic contacts with the PLO at the end of the Reagan administration, the other representative being the late Dr. Edward Said of Columbia University.  

 

 Under Dr. Abu-LuGhod’s direction, I completed an independent study course on the politics of the Arab world.  With his assistance, I wrote my political science honors thesis on the Palestinian Arab nationalist movement. 

 

Sadly, my knowledge of the Middle East leads me to the inescapable conclusion that the peace between Israel and Egypt, which has existed since 1977 and for which a great man, former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat gave his life, will soon be at its end.  Many observers have termed it a “cold peace”.

 

 Two New Jersey stories demonstrate, however, that this peace was much warmer than most people realize.  The first story involved former Governor Christie Whitman, in whose administration I proudly served, an excellent governor and a classy and great lady.  The second story involved a person I love most dearly and of whom I am most proud, my son Neil. 

 

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I served as Assistant Commissioner of the former Department of Commerce and Economic Development during the first term of the Whitman administration and as Executive Director of the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission during the second term.  I also had  another role in which I served unofficially as a liaison for Governor Whitman with the New Jersey Jewish community.

 

In this role, I reviewed and gave recommendations on invitations Governor Whitman received to appear before Jewish religious and secular organizations.  Her speechwriters also sent to me for my review speeches to be presented before Jewish audiences.  Finally, I was often a “point person” with whom Jewish leaders met to convey to the Governor their concerns about various issues affecting the Jewish community.

 

All this was a labor of love for me.  I can say without hyperbole that Governor Whitman had the best relationship with a statewide Jewish community of any governor in the nation during her tenure.  The strong support she received from the Jewish community was a key factor in her reelection in 1997. 

 

Governor Whitman’s personal and governmental relationship with the State of Israel was unique among American governors of her era.  It began with her trip to Israel in 1992, prior to her becoming governor in 1994.  During her initial visit to Israel, Israeli leaders such as the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin actually sought her friendship.  Once elected as governor, Whitman became the national leader among American governors on economic development issues.  This was a key factor in the increasing trade and mutual investment between New Jersey and Israeli businesses during the 1990s.

 

I served as one of the coordinators of Governor Whitman’s 1996 trade mission to Israel in which over one hundred companies participated, together with various New Jersey governmental and political leaders and media.  This trip took place twenty-one months after the Whitman administration opened New Jersey’s first trade office in Israel in the city of Ra’anana.

 

Thus, it should not have surprised me how Governor Whitman was received by Israelis on that trip as a beloved American leader.  The Jerusalem Post ran a story about her as a future American President.  Everywhere she went, Israelis enthusiastically wanted to greet her. 

 

The adulation of the Israeli public for Christie Whitman did not stop with that trade mission.  Two years later, in 1998, I was informed that the Orthodox Jewish outreach organization, Aish HaTorah had invited her to Jerusalem to receive their Friend of Zion Award.

 

I recommended with alacrity that Governor Whitman accept this award.  Aish HaTorah has an outstanding reputation in both Israel and the United States for not only its religious outreach but also its good communal works.  The organization has received the endorsement of both Jewish and Gentile prominent American politicians and show business people.

 

In the process of planning the trip, I received a phone call from the Governor’s office as to the possibility of her visiting Egypt after the Jerusalem Aish HaTorah event.  This had been suggested by one of Governor Whitman’s friends.

 

The trip to Egypt was easily arranged for Governor Whitman by her close Israeli friend, Ze’ev Bielski, the then Mayor of Ra’anana and today a member of the K’nesset, Israel’s parliament.  The fact that Governor Whitman was coming to Egypt from Israel, a nation with whom Egypt had fought four wars made no difference. Her trip to Egypt went smoothly, and the Egyptians with whom she met treated her most warmly.

 

Regardless of the state of relations then existing between the governments of Israel and Egypt, it was clear from the Whitman visit and the ease of arranging the trip between Bielski and his Egyptian counterparts that relations between the peoples of Israel and Egypt had improved considerably since the Sadat 1977 visit to Jerusalem.  How much relations had warmed between the two peoples became abundantly clear to me as a result of experiences of my son, Neil, in Israel during the academic year of 2000-2001.

 

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Neil graduated from the University of Maryland in 2002 with a double degree in government and psychology.  He spent his junior year, 2000-2001 in the University Study-Abroad Program as a student in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Rothberg International School.

 

That academic year was a most difficult one for the Rothberg International School.  Another Palestinian Arab intifada began with the Temple Mount Palestinian Arab riots in September, 2000, which Neil saw from his dorm on Mount Scopus and described to me over the phone as they were happening. 

 

As a result of the intifada, the Rothberg School incurred a withdrawal of 300 of its 400 students during that academic year of 2000-2001.  I am proud that Neil was one of the 100 students who remained enrolled in the Rothberg School throughout that entire academic year.

 

I must say that during that year, I felt more tension than Neil.  Every time I would read on the Internet about some terrorist attack in Jerusalem, I would call him.  He was fine – I was a nervous wreck.

 

One time during the spring of 2001, Neil had an academic break of ten days.  I called him from New Jersey and asked where he was going.  He responded, “To Dahab.”

 

I asked him, “Where’s Dahab?  I never heard of that place?”

 

He responded, “It’s a resort in the Sinai, in Egypt.”

 

I shouted into the phone loud enough for him to hear me in Jerusalem, “How can you go to Egypt in the middle of all these tensions between Israel and the Arab world?”

 

“Dad, I’ve been to Dahab before.  The people are very friendly to Israelis and Jewish tourists, trust me.”

 

My next call was to Michael Reiner, an Israeli close friend of Governor Whitman and the director of the New Jersey Trade Office in Ra’anana.  I asked him, “Michael, how safe is it for my son to be travelling to Dahab?”

 

Michael answered without hesitation, “Your son is safer in Dahab than he would be if he stayed in Jerusalem.”

 

Michael was right.  Neil went to Dahab for a week, and the Egyptians treated him with the utmost of friendliness and hospitality.

 

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Sadly, the era of good feeling between Israelis and Egyptians, as exemplified by the experiences of former New Jersey Governor Christie Whitman and former New Jerseyan (now a New Yorker) Neil Steinberg, is now over, due to the fanaticism of the Islamic fundamentalists who will soon control Egypt.

  

I hold no brief for Hosni Mubarak.  His failure to democratize his regime and improve living conditions for the Egyptian people created conditions in which the Muslim Brotherhood could seize power.  In the words of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy, those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable.

 

That the members of the Muslim Brotherhood are fundamentalist extremist supporters of terrorism, however, is beyond dispute.  Even the late former Egyptian President Gamal Abdul Nasser, a dedicated Pan-Arabist who opposed Israel and Zionism vigorously, wanted nothing to do with the Muslim Brotherhood and banned the movement in 1954.

 

 It is true that the Muslim Brotherhood is not the only group participating in the current uprisings in Egypt.  There are many good rank and file citizens of Egypt who are participating in these protests due to their disgust with the autocratic Mubarak regime and the miserable living conditions and poverty for most Egyptians.

 

It is also true that the Muslim Brotherhood has muted its religious message recently in the interest of political pragmatism.  Yet there is no doubt of the Muslim Brotherhood’s ultimate goals in the domestic and international sphere: 1) the transformation of Egypt into a nation governed strictly by a fundamentalist implementation of Sharia, the sacred  Islamic law; and 2) the destruction of the State of Israel.

 

Finally, as I stated above, I have no doubt that due to their organizational and political effectiveness, the Muslim Brotherhood will soon attain control of the Egyptian government, reducing Mohamed ElBaradei to figurehead status.

 

Shiite Muslim fundamentalists control Iran, and Sunni Muslim fundamentalists will soon control Egypt.  My fear is that the extreme fundamentalist branch of the Sunni Wahhabi movement may soon transform the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia into the Islamic Republic of Saudi Arabia.

 

We are moving into a brave new world in the Middle East – a most frightening one.  I have lived through three wars between Israel and Egypt (1956, 1967, and 1973) and a peace which lasted 34 years.  I am most fearful as to what the future holds between Israelis and Egyptians.

 

 

Alan J. Steinberg served as Regional Administrator of Region 2 EPA during the administration of former President George W. Bush. Region 2 EPA consists of the states of New York and New Jersey, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and eight federally recognized Indian nations. Under former New Jersey Governor Christie Whitman, he served as Executive Director of the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission. He currently serves on the political science faculty of Monmouth University.

Posted: January 31st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Middle East | Tags: , | No Comments »

Beck, O’Scanlon, Casagrande Praise Governor’s Action on Wagering Bills

Trenton— Senator Jennifer Beck and Assemblymen Declan O’Scanlon and Caroline Casagrande (all R- Monmouth/Middlesex) today said that Governor Christie’s actions on off-track, exchange wagering, and pari-mutuel betting legislation will strengthen New Jersey’s horse racing industry. Governor Christie signed A-2926 and A-3200, which establishes a system of exchange wagering for in-state and out of state races and single pool betting, respectively. The Governor offered a conditional veto recommending minor changes to A-1705, which expands off-track and account wagering.

Senator Jennifer Beck

“Horse racing is vital part of our regional economy and helps preserve significant amounts of open space in our state. Exchange wagering and pari-mutuel betting will help the industry adapt to a changing market and consumer preferences and lend a much needed boost to the racing industry’s revenues. The Governor has also offered sensible revisions in his conditional veto of the off track wagering bill that I believe can and should be swiftly adopted by the Legislature.”

 

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon

“I have always believed that revitalizing Atlantic City and saving the horse racing industry do not have to be mutually exclusive endeavors. I am very pleased that the Governor has signed two bills that will help horse racing survive through innovative and creative betting instruments. I also want to thank him for working with and listening to racing advocates such as myself as he plots an improved course for the gaming industry as a whole in New Jersey.”

 

Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande

“The most effective type of aid horse racing can receive is that which helps the industry stand on its own two feet. Exchange and single pool pari-mutuel betting are a step in the direction of doing just that. Off track betting is also a critical component of the equation for a stronger horse racing industry, and I call on my colleagues to swiftly take up the changes recommended in the Governor’s conditional veto which are neither unreasonable nor a threat to the overall objective of the bill.”

Posted: January 31st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Horse Racing Industry, Press Release | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Bayshore Tea Party Updates

By Art Gallagher

The Bayshore Tea Party Group has launched it new and improved website.

Russ Cote did a really nice job designing the site which includes a welcome from founder Barbara Gonzalez, a mission statement, a description of their committees and feeds from twitter, facebook and foxnews.   Check it out.

Dwight Kehoe has left his leadership role with the BTPG, leaving Gonzalez and Bob Gordon as the group’s co-chairs.  In an email to group members, Kehoe sang the praises of what the group has accomplished since July of 2009 and said that he will “always support that wonderful organization.”

Unrelated to Kehoe’s departure, there have been persistent rumors within the GOP establishment that the Bayshore Tea Party is planning on supporting primary challengers against incumbent GOP state legislators in June.  

Both Gonzalez and Gordon have told MMM on multiple occassions that they have no such plans.  They say their focus this year is on redistricting on the state and federal levels, and to increase the number of GOP legistors elected statewide. They are looking at working in swing districts outside of Monmouth that they hope to bring into the GOP side of the aisle.  Gordon mentioned that they would also consider supporting  Democratic primary challengers.

Posted: January 31st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Bayshore Tea Party Group | Tags: , , , , , | 5 Comments »

Federal Judge: ObamaCare Unconstitutional

U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson ruled, without trial, that the ObamaCare bill passed last year is unconstitutional.

The health care overhaul has been stricken down in one other court, and upheld in two others.  The matter will likely head now to the U. S. Supreme Court.

The text of Judge Vinson’s 78 page ruling can be found here.

Posted: January 31st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Health Care, ObamaCare | Tags: , | 4 Comments »

If ObamaCare is so great, why does the White House keep exempting its best friends from it?

Posted: January 31st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: ObamaCare | Tags: , | 1 Comment »

Park System Housing Report: Discounted Rent For Rangers Saves Taxpayers $870K

bill-buccoBy Bill Bucco

Thursday night the Monmouth County Freeholders held their second regular meeting of January.  The topic that received a lot of attention towards the end of the meeting was the release of the Park Housing Report.

 

This report was released to the public Thursday night at the Freeholder meeting with information regarding the living situation of the Park Rangers and cost to the county.  The rangers who are county employees in fact do pay rent for the house that they live in, but at a discounted rate of 37% based on the market value which results in $181,102.00 in discounts for homes on county park property. Currently there are 27 units occupied by employees and 5 that were recently occupied and now are scheduled for demolition.

 

It is important to note that the rangers that live in these homes are on call 24/7 and do not receive any over time pay.  There was talk about looking into out sourcing 24 hour security to a private security firm and the report shows that the estimated cost would be $1,051,200.00 a year for the same services they currently receive with the live-in park rangers. With the current system in place, it is saving the tax payers of Monmouth County $870,098.00 annually.

 

The report states the following:

 

            The results of the report confirms what the Board had believed to be true- that

            the program is beneficial and cost effective in meeting its’ intended purpose while

            producing savings by-

 

                        -protecting park system property and assets;

                        -providing on-site assistance to the public;

                        -maintaining an on-site management presence; and

  • - assisting in the recruitment of professional staff

 

            It is important to note that the Park Housing Program is directly related and essential to

            the performance of the employees official duties with regard to the maintenance of

            security of park visitors and County park property that includes the enforcement of Park

            rules and regulations the rendering of assistance for the benefit of the health, safety, and

            welfare of members for the public; and

 

            It is also important to remember that the Housing Program-

 

  • - operates with revenues exceeding expenses; and
  • - is managed efficiently and effectively by continually monitoring costs, reducing the number units, and their distribution

 

            The Committee has recommended that staff continue to review and monitor the housing program annually.

 The report goes on in detail on how much each individual pays and how much the county receives in revenue. The revenues are exceeding the expenses!

 

The only complaint came from a familiar face at the Freeholder meetings, James Martin of Spring Lake Heights.  Martin is no stranger to the microphone at any Freeholder meeting, but his attitude is uncalled for. I am all for questioning your public officials on how money is being spent, but Mr. Martin should not choose style over substance in his criticism of the Freeholders.  He got up at the podium, in my belief, to just hear himself speak. The substance he was trying to criticize the Freeholders for was flawless. He just liked to hear himself complain. If I had to give him any advice it would be, you catch more bees with honey then you do with vinegar Mr. Martin. To recap, the county is giving out a little bit over $180,000 worth of discounts to those who give the parks 24/7 security and surveillance. He was complaining that the estimated little bit over $1,000,000 outsourcing contract that was under consideration was too much and could get it for less. Really Mr. Martin? Less then $180,000? What world does Mr. Martin live in that everything is for free? If he is willing to protect all the parks in the county the way they are protected now for less then $180,000 yearly, then I am sure the Freeholder Board will gladly take it under consideration, but until he does, or comes in with real, factual alternatives, he should keep his sarcastic and demeaning tone towards the Freeholders to himself.

 

The park rangers have a responsibility to protect a total of 450 million dollars worth of assets, 15,000 acres, and on average 5 million visitors yearly. The Housing Committee, their staff, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders should be commended for looking out for the tax payers of Monmouth County and at the same making sure our parks are the safest and best places to visit in New Jersey.

Posted: January 30th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: , , | No Comments »

And Now For Something Completely Different

My Blackberry isn’t working

Posted: January 30th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Humour | Tags: | 1 Comment »

Israel Supporters Turned Away From BAKA Event At Rutgers

noahglyn1By Noah Glyn

Groucho Marx once quipped that he would never join a club that would have him as a member. I suppose my standards are not as high as Groucho’s because on Saturday night, even as thousands of Rutgers students poured into the RAC to watch the Scarlet Knights lose to the Pitt Panthers, I went to Trayes Hall on Douglass Campus for an event titled Never Again for Anyone. The premise of the event was that Palestinians are the victims of ethnic cleansing at the hands of Israelis, and that this is analogous to the Jews who were victims of genocide by the hands of Nazis. Of course, it is an idiotic premise that flies in the face of proper historical analysis, common sense and decency.

            As I found out last night, I had no reason to expect any level of decency from the organizers of the event. The event was sponsored by the Rutgers University student group, BAKA: Students for Middle Eastern Justice. As a side-note, an event that I organized last semester had been interrupted and disrupted by BAKA. The event I held was for Ishmael Khaldi-an Israeli Bedouin who served as a consul to San Francisco. The BAKA disrupters viewed Mr. Khaldi as an “Uncle Tom,” who sold out his people out to the genocidal Israeli government.

            At a little after 5 on Saturday, I walked with several of my friends to Trayes Hall where we entered peacefully, and signed in. The people behind the desk were polite, as they asked us to display our Rutgers ids, and to write our names and email addresses on a sheet of paper that was lying on the desk. On the same table, there was a sign that read, “$5-$20 Suggested Donation. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.” In addition, this event had been advertised on the Facebook event and on the official website as “Free and Open to the Public.” I declined to pay, as did all my friends. The people behind the desk continued to be polite, and said that our decision was fine.

            The organizers told us that the doors would not open until 6:30 and that we should form a “queue” to be prepared to enter the room. We did as we were instructed. A couple minutes passed and I exchanged pleasantries with other people in the line. By now, the group of Jews and Zionists grew to several hundred. One report estimates the number at four hundred pro-Israel supporters. After a few minutes, a non-student, adult organizer of the event entered the lobby where we were waiting and told us that the $5 fee was now mandatory for admittance. The money, we were told, would go to the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network. At this point, the crowd got very upset that they had been lied to. One female organizer announced that anyone who did not want to pay could watch the event on Facebook. Up to this point, no such video of the event has been put onto Facebook.

            Several witnesses who entered the actual event reported an organizer saying that they decided to charge $5 once “150 Zionists showed up.” The organizers asked Rutgers Police to refuse us entry into the room, which they did. There were about ten officers in the building to stop us from going into the room. Rutgers students took out their Rutgers id cards, held them out, and began shouting, “Let the students in!” In the meantime, non-Jewish and anti-Zionist students were allowed into the event for free without paying a $5 charge, since they were members of BAKA. When one student attempted to join BAKA on the spot to be allowed entry, he was-again-refused. It became clear that the organizers wanted to shut out all dissenting voices, even if doing so violated Rutgers University guidelines, let alone human decency.

            One student who entered the event reported that the room-with a capacity of 320-was less than half filled. Those who entered had the chance to listen to several speakers, including Hajo Meyer, a Holocaust survivor. The speakers not only accused the State of Israel of ethnic cleansing, but they also marginalized the severity of the Holocaust. One speaker argued that while it is true that six million Jews died in the Holocaust, many survived, thus implying that the Holocaust really was not as terrible as those racist Zionists (alas, I repeat myself) want to make it seem.

            As I noted above, BAKA has a history of intimidating others who disagree with their warped views. In addition to disturbing my event, they also have intimidated several of my friends who attended past BAKA events.

Even worse, they are engaged in an effort to delegitimize and to destroy the State of Israel. Their accusations are outlandish and false, but they are nonetheless dangerous to our society and to Rutgers University. Israel is the greatest friend America has in the Middle East, and possibly in the entire world. As we watch the Egyptian people struggling for their freedom, it is worth remembering that there is only one stable democracy in the Middle East that grants equal rights to women, gays, ethnic and religious minorities, and all of its citizens. That is Israel. BAKA actively seeks to undermine those liberties: the same liberties that we celebrate and embrace in this country. If BAKA is interested in comparing people to Nazis, perhaps they ought to look themselves in the mirror.

Noah Glyn is a junior at Rutgers University and a Fellow with the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA). Noah majors in economics and history.

Posted: January 30th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Rutgers | Tags: , , , , | 12 Comments »

Weekend @ Monmouth

Pick up a copy of the triCityNews.  Read about the power of your favorite blog, the downfall of Anna Little and Dan Jacobson’s obsession with Diane Gooch.

And don’t forget GregsList.

Posted: January 28th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Weekend @ Monmouth | Tags: | No Comments »

MMM In The News. The triCityNews

web-trt1By Art Gallagher

As a blogger, it is always nice to be recognized by another media outlet.  Over the years, MMM has been cited by FoxNews, CNN, The Drudge Report, The Star Ledger, Asbury Park Press, NJN, and others.

This week  we hit pay dirt with front page exposure in the only profitable newspaper left in America, Dan Jacobson’s triCityNews.

I’d link you to the story, but Dan doesn’t publish on the Internet. That is why he has the only profitable newspaper in America, according to the New York Times.

You’ll have to pick up the paper, for free, at one the the coastal Monmouth establishments that carries it, from Atlantic Highlands to Belmar.

I recommend you pick up the paper.  The story featuring me and MMM, Rumble on the Right, is filled with intrigue, sex and money;  intrigue over the power of this blog, Mickey Gooch’s money and Jacobson’s sexual fantasies.

I don’t like to toot my own horn, but I love it when others do. I’m happy to return the favor and toot my horn for Dan Jacobson. 

Today is the 12th anniversary of the triCityNews, which is another reason to pick up the paper. With my mug on the cover, this historic edition is likely to become a collectors item.

What Jacobson has accomplished as a business, and the difference he has made in the communities he serves, as an “alternative”  newspaper is remarkable.  As he said in his first publisher’s message twelves years ago, which is reprinted in this week’s edition,

Alternative newspapers hit the issues mainstream media won’t touch. That means the triCityNews will be there to inform you about relevant local politics, the gay community, youth, sex and all radical and ethnic groups.  News coverage will be incisive and perceptive.  Photo and stories about politicians handing plaques to constituents are left to the other guys.

Many on the Jersey Shore are unfamiliar with alternative newspapers.  They have told us that the triCityNews is like nothing they have ever seen. We’re proud of that.  That’s where we always want to be.

There is something else Dan should be proud of.  He’s done it with class. 

As irreverent as Dan often is, his publication is anything but “underground” as many, most in my experience, alternative newspapers are.   The Village Voice and the Boston Phoenix  are two alternative papers I am familiar with from my twenties when I lived in both New York City and Boston.  They were underground rags predominantly funded by ads for adult services establishments, strip clubs and head shops. 

Dan’s publication is funded by ads for first class small businesses in Monmouth County.  To find an ad for an adult service establishment in Monmouth County, you’ll have to look to the publication that Dan and I both love to bash, the Asbury Park Press.

Congratulations Dan.  Here’s to another 12 years or until Mickey’s check clears.

Posted: January 28th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Dan Jacobson, Monmouth County, triCityNews | Tags: , | 3 Comments »