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Grand Prix of America- is it a good idea?

Although an avid reader of Blue Jersey, this is my first blog submission to the site.  

I’m really concerned about the Grand Prix of America (Formula 1) race coming to New Jersey for many reasons.  I live in Hudson County. I work in Hudson County.  I care about the county’s reputation, my community, and not to be too self-interested, I care about the time it takes during my commute as well.  The Grand Prix of America is going to impact all of these significantly, in my opinion.

I don’t trust the organizers of this race.  They say they have the funding, but then they say they need $100 million. Then they say they have all the needed permits to move forward with the race, but then I didn’t hear a single word about any permit applications being approved or even being heard in my town or on the county level.  While I don’t have the resources or time to really research what permits are needed and what permits have been received, I hope either our elected officials or bloggers/reporters would be willing to dig deep into this issue and take a magnifying glass to the whole race:  the funding, the permitting, and the organizers themselves (did I mention that I read the organizer of the race is being indicted in Europe for bribery)?  Do we want to invite this sort of thing into our community?  Before welcoming them with open arms, at least let’s find out what we are dealing with.  

Quote of the Day

Jeff Tittel, director of NJ’s Sierra Club chapter, commenting on waterfront development in Weehawken on and around chromium-contaminated sites:

“We have finally created social equity in New Jersey,” Mr. Tittel said, “because we have people in $3 million condos living on top of toxic sites, not just working and poor people.”

NJ: 200 Years Ahead of Cheney

State Senator Joseph Vitale today asked the U.S. Secretary of the Interior “to designate Weehawken, New Jersey as the official site of the first time a sitting Vice President of the United States shot a private citizen.” Way before it was cool for Vice Presidents to shoot other people, Aaron Burr challenged Alexander Hamilton to a duel. On July 11, 1804, each brought a .56 caliber pistol. Burr mortally wounded Hamilton, who died the next day. Burr was later indicted for murder in New York State.

This post would be incomplete without a Daily Show quote from last night:

Rob Corddry: “Jon, tonight the vice president is standing by his decision to shoot Harry Wittington. According to the best intelligence available, there were quail hidden in the brush. Everyone believed at the time there were quail in the brush. And while the quail turned out to be a 78-year-old man, even knowing that today, Mr. Cheney insists he still would have shot Mr. Whittington in the face. He believes the world is a better place for his spreading buckshot throughout the entire region of Mr. Whittington’s face.”

And for more fun, play Hunting With Dick!