Saturday, December 31, 2016

Last call before 2017, the best band with the best version of the best song evah

Tradition holds once again that what Johnny considers the best version of his favorite song by his favorite band plays out the departing year. We do it this way every year and nobody's complained yet.

Ladies and Gentlemen the Rolling Stones and 'Gimme Shelter'

Go away 2016, Johnny doesn't wanna see you around here anymore. He'll kick your ass.

Getting closer to the big moment

Make sure to get your tax deductible donations in before midnight if you can kids, to that end to remind you here's a legendary artist we lost this year, David Bowie with a pretty good indicator of who got Johnny's donations, animal charities and action committees so here's 'Cat People (Putting Out Fire) getting you ready for the NEXT video and last call before 2017...

Cause she's a Brick, Houuuuuuse

You know the rest! The Commodores and the aforementioned 'Brick House'

Whiskey Bar, what a good idea tonight!

Somebody show Mr. Morrison the way (like he doesn't know it already)...

The Doors and 'Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar)'

Pretty women out walking with gorillas down Johnny's street

Joe Jackson and the timeless, 'Is She Really Going Out With Him?'

Before you head out for last minute party supplies

Let Johnny and the Jackson 5 put some pep in your step. 'I Want You Back' is just the ticket.

Coming up on lunchtime, Johnny's got you covered like a lunch lady's hairnet

Lunchie munchie with Blondie and the aptly named 'Eat to the Beat'

An actual email request for this one!

Johnny has long said this blog is your as much as his if you have good ideas. Well friends Johnny was checking the emails and we actually got a REQUEST for this one. Sure it's a great song, a Johnny fave, but we're not sure if it was a dare of this has New Year's Eve party time written all over it.

Frank Zappa and 'Crew Slut' (On original vinyl)

Let's keep the tempo going with The Kingbees!

Sure, we're heading towards 2017 at breakneck speed, let's slow that down and enjoy one from way back in 1979, charted, barely in 1980 but still sounds good on a Jersey City New Year's Rocking Eve today! The Kingbees and 'My Mistake'

Kicking off another Jersey City New Year's Rocking Eve with Stereo MC's!

Let's get 'Connected' together this morning shall we?

Friday, December 30, 2016

Late night open thread

Make sure to come back tomorrow and do NOT miss our big Jersey City New Year's Rocking Eve tomorrow, dawn til midnight, nothing but awesome music. Wherever you are, make sure to dial in.

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So Jersey City, what are your New Year's Eve plans?

24 hours from now everyone will be out and about or in for the evening, perhaps at a party or two or three. Maybe you're going to a bar to see a favorite band, let us know. Johnny wants to hear where you're off to to ring in 2017. Times Square? House party? Drinks at a favorite hangout? Let us know in comments.

Quick note: No Music Series tonight

Since tomorrow is our all-day musical dance party blow-out, we're going to save the music for then. If New Year's Eve were Monday or Tuesday we'd have a Music Series BUT since it's tomorrow....

Late night open thread

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

What are you doing here?

The fight between Johnny, Mayor Fulop and former Fulop ticket candidate Dan Levin is on Twitter tonight. Click this handy link.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Late night open thread

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3 more days left in this awful year

As if 2016 needed a twist in being a horrid year, Debbie Reynolds, mother of Carrie Fisher passed away today. Johnny has seen people start a GoFundMe page to protect Betty White, he has seen plans to protect beloved stars for at least three more days. Even George R. R. Martin of Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones fame thinks there has been just too much death this year.

Yet, like someone said on Twitter, nobody seems a bit worried about Keith Richards.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Late night open thread

Tonight before bed a few wonderful moments with the great Carrie Fisher. No matter her troubles or problems everyone still pulled for her. One thing Johnny noticed today; Everyone who had met her posted a picture. From fellow stars to politicians to the Nixon Library. However, most of the pictures Johnny saw were just regular people whop either had the chance or asked for a picture and Carrie Fisher seemingly always obliged.

Ms Fisher has said she wanted to go out thusly: “I want it reported that I drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra.” You shall have it your way dear woman.
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Jersey City Police about to embarrass the city once again

About a dozen more Jersey City police officers, with one already busted, are expected to be behind bars as early as next month in a federal investigation over no-show stand-around construction site jobs. The officers in question weren't sharing their take from the construction companies with the city of Jersey City who not only allows, one might say at this point encourage the wasting of police officers to standing around construction sites since they get a cut. Remember when Councilman Steve Fulop railed against cops doing these stand around jobs and part of his mayoral platform was actually correcting this problem? But, once Fulop became Mayor and the PD fell under his purview and realized money was being made no matter how shadily, he hasn't made a peep about it since. Even now it's his spokesperson.

This has long been one of Johnny's pet-peeves. These cops do nothing but stand around all day talking with workers, smoking cigarettes or even cigars with workers, and hitting the food trucks. Don't expect to see them always standing around the work sites though (if they even show up), much of the time they retire to their vehicles and sometimes catch a few Zzzzzzz's. Johnny has documented the sleeping problem again and again.

So, on goes the federal investigation, sure to make national news and embarrass the city further, and Mayor Fulop's office, knowing he's approved of these stand around jobs now that he's mayor, is actually, lamely, trying to get out front of this (more like getting out behind on this) through his spokeswoman, the venerable Jennifer Morrill:

"Over the last three years this administration has initiated and worked with federal authorities in several investigations to root out corruption by long term city employees," Morrill said. "We have a zero tolerance policy and employees should be aware that if they break the law they will be held accountable."

Fulop's people seem perfectly fine with unaccountable rogue cops (excused drunk driving for JCPD officers anyone?) until it blows up on his administration. By being expected to provide files and time-sheets and interviews with certain cops and supervisors, the city isn't leading the investigation on this, they are cooperating. Johnny's a professional media analyst, he's been sought out and hired by some of the largest companies on the globe, when he says Jersey City is merely supplying the Feds with what they want, believe it. He speaks press release and spokesperson. If Jersey City was leading the investigation U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman wouldn't be the one behind the microphones on this since last October.

So, the Jersey City police force is ready to embarrass the city yet again as they have done to mayors before. Who could forget the ridiculous steroid abuse scandal during the Healy administration that got national play. The JCPD lets this city down far more often than should be allowed without major changes. If, like Mayor Fulop says, Jersey City is to become the best mid-sized city in America we're going to need an A+ police force, not C- force we have standing around cheating taxpayers.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Late night open thread

Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.
 -- Steven Wright

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The Port Authority Police Benevolent Association thinks their cops sleeping are keeping you safe

Johnny was going to do a write up on the fact the NY Post's video story of Port Authority/PATH cops who were sleeping away large chunks of their shifts had now become a FEDERAL investigation. It has and we'd hope you'd go read all about how your money is being spent and how your safety is being put at risk by Port Authority cops. Then he got to the end of the article and Red Forman came to mind.

According to the Port Authority Police Benevolent Association this sleeping on the job en masse (44 cases) is no big deal because crime on PATH is down which to them (Specious reasoning alert) means the investigation is overblown, these guys are doing a great job:

A spokesman for the Port Authority Police Benevolent Association told NJ Advance Media that the agency's low crime rates at PATH stations is proof the officers were doing their jobs.

"The PAPD is doing its job to keep our patrons safe, contrary to the Port Authority's attacks," the spokesman said. 

Incredible. Forget for one second it only takes one small window of success for a terrorist to get his job done. One small window where someone isn't where they are supposed to be. One time. One missed assignment. Secondly, what horseshit. Do your fucking job. Sleeping? Playing cards? Video games? Bzzzzt unacceptable. Maybe, and this may be hard for the PAPBA to understand, maybe people just respect the train. Maybe they have more things going on in their own lives than to rob and pilfer the PATH system.

Proof jobs are getting done while sleeping. Time for one last Red Forman dumbass award for 2016.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Late night open thread

Here's hoping everyone had a very Merry and satisfying Christmas.

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Merry Christmas!

Shitter was full!

Merry Christmas (and second day of Hanukkah) from all of us here at the Jersey City Desk!

Late night open thread

Gotta get to bed, Santa's coming!

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Friday, December 23, 2016

Late night open thread

A few Christmas fails before bed tonight.
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Now, you've heard Florence Ballard sing, you're just used to hearing short, perfect soulful harmonies between Florence, Mary Wilson and Diana Ross in The Supremes.

But you've never heard Florence Ballard sing. She is incredible solo. Pish posh you say, then why was she just Diana Ross' backup? Good question, listen and ask yourself your own question, why was she?

Stunning. Johnny's not much for the ultra religious Christmas songs (Johnny's got his hypocrite jingle bells on tonight) but this one has to be heard. Florence Ballard and the timeless, 'Silent Night'


Christmas is all about tradition. Don't believe Johnny go look at your tree. Pretty much the same decorations you've enjoyed for years. To that traditional end, here's Elvis Presley and the timeless 'Blue Christmas' to keep the yule log burning.


Putting the wraps (heh) on another Music Series, Christmas Edition, it's Bryan Adams and 'Run Rudolph Run', the Chuck Berry standard. We always use someone's version of this over the years, Keith Richards, Dave Edmunds, Sheryl Crow, Jane Krakowski, and of course Chuck Berry. Tonight it's Bryan Adams' turn to bring it all home with this rocker, 'Run Rudolph Run'

When your alma mater plays in a bowl game once every 29 years, YOU TAKE THE DAY OFF!

And that's what Johnny's done today. His alma mater, Eastern Michigan, the most moribund of college football programs over the last, look at that, 30 years, is playing today in the Bahamas Bowl vs Old Dominion (1pm ESPN). When Johnny says Eastern's been bad for his Jersey City readers who may know very little of EMU, they've been 1-11, 2-10 every year bad for 30 years. One year they did hit 6-6. 4-8 have been great years in Ypsilanti. Today though the 7-5 Hurons (Johnny's not using the other name) have defied the expectations of everyone in college football but those in the EMU locker room will play in their first bowl game since the 1987 California Bowl, won by EMU over San Jose St. 30-27, but of course you remembered that without Johnny reminding you, yes? That's some big motivation and excitement for Johnny's old pals back in Ypsilanti.

So a hale and hearty Let's Go Eastern who do come into the game underdogs but that's fair; ODU and EMU have played a couple times the last four years with ODU winning both in high scoring and low scoring games. Still, it's why they play the games! Hell, Jon Snow won at Winterfell and he had a smaller army. Maybe Auburn will show up like The Vale and play EMU's fourth quarter and pull it out.

Late night open thread

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

RIP Joe Stummer

We lost Joe 14 years ago today. Johnny has never stopped missing him.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Late night open thread

Tonight before bed, the Christmas classic, 'Six to Eight Black Men' by humorist David Sedaris. Enjoy!
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Yet another waste of Jersey City taxpayer money

Developers can say they'll do a lot of things "for" Jersey City when they come hat in hand before the planning commission, city council et al. Some say they'll build a small elementary school downtown, in the richest area, a school kids from Greenville have zero hope of attending. Some say they will do something down the road, like Toll Brothers who probably lied when they said to get their abatement for The Morgan said they'd build a community theater. Word on that from sources downtown say it'll never be built, Toll will cry poor but Johnny digresses. A lot of promises are made to take your tax money "in lieu of payment" ie taxes like you pay.

Shuster, when they wanted tax money to build their very unnecessary igloos on First St., (Shuster is, by the way, complaining about the new city law that requires them to pave side to side after tearing up a street -- how's that for gratitude?) the Art House and The Jokeman said they would provide the city with parking out front of both places, roughly an entire city block they would dedicate to parking and charging of electric vehicles, ie Chevy Volts, Nissan Leafs etc. This was Shuster's "giveback" to the city for getting huge abatements.

Problem is, the spots are never in use. By never we mean never -- as far as EV's are concerned. Shuster contractors and employees now get FREE PARKING out front of their buildings because NOBODY is using the 30 or so electric spots. Shuster guys just move the cones for their own contractors and workers and YOU pay for that. Yes Jersey City, YOU pay for Shuster employees to park for free on city streets.
Now, the city in it's infinite wisdom was using this EV charging location as a test case, ie can we do this elsewhere and have it work. No doubt developers all over Hudson County would line up to get the abatement deal Shuster got, we'll GIVE you the parking spaces, just contract someone to come put in chargers. That's it. Simple.

Johnny is going to make a bold statement but he's pretty certain he can back it up with his long history in auto media; Nobody from Jersey City got down and did the full research on exactly how many EV's there are in Hudson County, how many are registered in Jersey City or the surround. Nobody did a count, nobody thought to look around message forums or boards looking for EV drivers around the Tri-State looking for downtown plug-in parking. If the city did any of this Johnny would be A) Surprised B) Our subpoena for JC's data on this would be immediate from the Jersey City Desk legal team.

Bottom line, somebody THOUGHT this would be a great idea. But, instead of running a test program in another slice of downtown, they built in millions in abatements around a failed plan. Instead we have an utter waste of millions of taxpayer dollars.

FAIL to city planning (again), FAIL to City Council (again) LOSS for Jersey City taxpayers who had a block of parking taken away and handed to a contractor to collect money off your street that has no cars.

Johnny has one more prediction on this; When someone from the city government does read this (and they do, Johnny sees their IP addy's coming in) they'll simply think the program is an even bigger hit than they'd hoped because someone is talking about it, it's how Jersey City government works.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Late night open thread

Holidays are nothing without classic children's shows. Sit back and enjoy a Johnny favorite.
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Must have been a real Smackeroo

By all visual accounts, sometime this morning at least one car and probably more than one looking at skid marks, hit the old Acadia Scenery business at the corner of Bay St, and Warren. All kinds of kitty litter outside the building and sidewalk along with assorted car parts told not just Johnny but pretty much everyone what had happened. Johnny will update this story with particulars should they become available later.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Late night open thread

A man in Jersey City was stabbed on Sunday, treated and released from JC Medical Center. Later that day he was stabbed again. Truth is stranger than fiction.

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Christmas shopping done yet?

Johnny asks this every year and we usually get good responses. Do you have your Christmas shopping done and what was the hardest item on your list to get? What is it you most want for Christmas? Hit us up in comments.

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Christmas week, the one you looked forward to with all your heart as a kid. Sheer magic.

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Giants football GAMEDAY!

The playoffs grow closer and boy howdy do the New Jersey Giants have a BIG game with the Lions from Johnny's hometown of Detroit in the rain today at  the new Meadowlands. Not often the Lions get out this way. Even less often leading a division by two games with three to play. The Lions last division title was back in 1993 when Scott Mitchell, Herman Moore, Barry Sanders and Johnny Morton led the Lions. Most Lions fans Johnny knows are expecting them to crash out and lose to the G-Men, Cowboys, and Packers at the end of the year and blow it. Somewhat new ground for the Motor City Kitties as they come east.

First off, if you had both the Lions and Giants and 9-4 when they played this game at the beginning of the year raise your hand.


So, in the rain can the Lions running game, resurgent of late, move the ball on the ground and take pressure off Matthew Stafford's injured throwing hand? Despite what the Lions say it IS a big deal. The Bears only had a chance last week because Stafford got picked twice on throws into the flat that had nothing on them. With a wet ball can Stafford distribute it around like he wants and needs to, to the Lions better than average wideouts. There's your ballgame. Can the Giants force the Lions to pass. While neither team tears up the league in offense, (the Lions are 21st and the Giants at 27) both teams do hold onto the ball. Giants average 27 minutes a game while the Lions check in at just over 30 minutes a game with the football. Both QB's will take their shots downfield but a more conservative gameplan will be the order of the day in the rain.

This game will have a playoff feel to it no doubt. Both teams are fighting for their playoff lives, the Giants to keep pace with everyone in the NFC East and the Lions to keep ahead of Green Bay and realizing no wildcards are coming out of the NFC North. It should be a conservative game for the most part and yes, wet weather can make a quick hash out of a prediction. That being said this game smells like one played with a score in the teens or low 20's. If that's the case, and with the Lions seeming invincibility late when they need it AND the fact Matt Prater is the kind of kicker who can make long field goals when needed, here we go...

Fearless Forecast
Detroit Lions 19
New Jersey Giants 17

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Johnny's just gonna go ahead and post our number on this morning's snow total only had two places reporting on snow totals, Harrison at 2.5 inches and Hoboken at 2.8. Johnny's gonna go ahead and take the Jersey City Desk Action Weather Team's word and say Jersey City had an even 3.0 and we won.

It's good to be the king...

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Johnny has seen probably close to 200 concerts in his lifetime. No kidding. Big clubs, stadiums, tiny hole-in-the-wall joints, he's seen everyone he's wanted to sans the Sex Pistols which most likely isn't happening any time soon and for whatever reason Pat Benatar. Seeing her so far has eluded Johnny over dates or cities, the gyroscope won't settle. He knows that Pat Benatar and Neil Geraldo still tour together and by all accounts it's a fabulous show. Johnny loves them both so much and has since he first heard Ms. Benatar's voice back when. One of those voices that simply grabs you, stops you and shakes you.

So, until Johnny can work out the particulars in seeing them, Here's Pat Benatar (and Neil Geraldo on that snarling gee-tar) with an early hit, 'Out-A-Touch' kicking off the party tonight.


Did you know (we're guessing no) that on Johnny's first ever trip to New York City while sitting in the back of a taxi he saw a bunch of flyers on a wall all posted in a nice straight line announcing the Chi-Lites in concert? A Flashback Friday moment as we dedicate this one to our friends across the river and anyone who might have been at that show.

'Have You Seen Her' from The Chi-Lites, always sounding good.


Last call song on the Music Series this week. You don't have to go home but you can't stay here.

Actually you can. Stay and hang out, listen to other music, catch up on reading, enjoy yourself. But, for now, it's Marshall Crenshaw and 'Cynical Girl'

Friday, December 16, 2016

Late night open thread

“Nothing burns like the cold.”
 -- George R.R. Martin

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

It's a dangerous thing to prove Johnny right

It only emboldens him.

It is however a hilarious thing to prove Johnny right the next day though. Ask Jersey City Spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill. You'll just have to look down two stories at the pitiable job she does talking out both sides of her mouth on issues/candidates she's previously been against. It is, as Johnny pointed out, a serious insult to the citizens of Jersey City her show is allowed to continue.

As for proving Johnny right, well she did that (It was also noted by Matt Friedman, ‏(@MattFriedmanNJ) at Politico just what a ridiculous level Ms. Morrill's condescending and rude comments have come to. We all know former Healy City Attorney Bill Matsikoudis is going to run for mayor against Fulop, Morrill's current boss, for mayor next year. Well Matsikoudis won a small court victory over the Fulop administration regarding the release of communications between Fulop and Tom Bertoli (also mentioned two stories below). How did the Fulop administration, ne Morrill, react?

City spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill called Matsikoudis' focus on ethics "laughable."

"Matsikoudis was the city's head counsel when the city was involved in the most embarrassing and broadest investigation of bribery in the history of Jersey City," she said, adding, "That is why he was thrown out," referring to Fulop unseating Matsikoudis' boss, former Mayor Jerramiah Healy, in 2013.

Know who else was a top team player on "the most embarrassing and broadest investigation of bribery in the history of Jersey City"?

Jennifer Morrill. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

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Left hand meet right hand, economics the Fulop way

Two things this morning, we're going to discuss the abject lack of common sense at 280 Grove St. but also check in with Jersey City's Most Pitiable Official.

First off, back in 2105 Jersey City discussed selling a parking lot on Academy Street next to the municipal court. Ward D Councilman Michael Yun (Or just Michael now to the media from Fulop's press agent, not the courtesy of Councilman or Councilman Yun) said that would be a bad idea, court workers and residents will need those spaces. Since the court is not scheduled to close why inconvenience residents he asked? But sell it the city did and now it comes to light was going to rent 30 parking spaces on Academy Street from Vaishno Ma Academy LLC, controlled by Raj Gupta of Gupta Development.

Who does this? Sell it so you can rent from it? What about the residents who used to park there? In Johnny's best Lewis Black voice, "Wait, there's moooore."

This part sure pricked up Johnny's ears when he read it (And there has never been a better Jersey City beat writer than Terrence T. McDonald, it's why he wins awards) and it obviously did with someone close to Mayor Fulop too:

As part of the deal, Gupta said he would provide free parking spaces to the city for 18 months.

The Guptas have had a past business and personal relationship with Tom Bertoli, an expeditor who was at one time a Fulop political strategist. The mayor and Bertoli had a falling out around September, when Fulop decided not to seek the Democratic nomination for governor next year.

"Unless the courthouse was going to disappear in 18 months, only a moron would make a deal for only 18 months," Bertoli said. "It doesn't make any sense."

Exactly, you have what Gupta wants to buy, get those spots in perpetuity, negotiating 101. You're still taking away from residents and some court employees but you have something. The court isn't closing. It's not slated to. You don't sell your house so you can rent it back out.

This plan seriously flirts with the Underpants Gnomes on South Park and their understanding of business:

They city's response? Jennifer Morrill said Michael Yun doesn't live in Jersey City. A claim she's tried twice this week when met with fair criticism of Fulop's policies or seeming lack thereof. As we discussed here yesterday, giant abatements for an area already heavily abated going against what the mayor ran on is fair game. Councilman Yun, again, Michael to Morrill, did that. This deal that once it came to light seems destined for the scrap heap of "Somebody turned on the lights" ideas is also fair game. The Ward D councilman did that and again, "Michael doesn't live here."

Johnny sometimes so pities Morrill. Let's look beyond the fact she's making a claim that's not fully substantiated about Yun not living in Jersey City. Morrill backed Healy on any question of former Ward C councilwoman Nidia Lopez's address (mea culpa Johnny met with Lopez four times when he lived in Ward C) and was pretty darned quiet when Lopez ran on Fulop's first mayoral ticket (and lost). She's OK with Lopez possibly being a Floridian but her first inclination is to be nasty and condescending to Councilman Yun calling him simply Michael. Is that really where the city has sunk to? The mayoral spokeswoman makes nasty digs at Fulop as Healy's employee and turns around and says nasty things about Healy as Fulop's charge. It's too bad we as a city can't get more mature and issue focused comments from the mayor's office. Snipe, slap, slag, swing, it gets old and really starts to insult the citizens of Jersey City.


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Late night open thread

"Annnnnd then I killed a guy in Berwyn and moved up here to hide out and wound up subletting from Winter Warlock..."

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Lather, rinse, abate

We're running out of reasons why Mayor Steve Fulop, who as candidate Steve Fulop pretty much ran on a plan of NO MORE huge downtown condo tax abatements, continually insists on bleeding the city tax base dry. No more downtown abatements bellowed candidate Fulop, they already have too many. Fast forward to 3 and a half years later and Fulop has broken that promise to all of Jersey City in spades. He continues to give out sweet deals to just about anyone who can still find an unabated lot downtown. One tall square building and a couple project starts elsewhere still has not concentrated on the rest of Jersey City monetarily to what Fulop since becoming mayor has asked his "yes sir" council (Sans Boggiano and Yun) to dole out "in lieu of taxes." Some of these might have been be palatable if any of these new buildings had businesses. Look around. The One has A dry cleaner. A, ie 1. Marbella, nothing. Toll Brothers The Morgan, nothing. These promises of great new taxpaying businesses if a false one. The Igloos (The Art House and The Jokeman on First St.) have scads of parking put in, if you own an electric vehicle. Maybe, maybe 3 spots out of 25 are ever being used (Right now a call from the mayor's office going out to find every Chevy Volt or Nissan Leaf within Hudson County to get it there NOW for the media). Sometimes those spots, 3/4 a block, part of "in lieu of taxes," sits empty. Wow, great "giveback" there Shuster. Bet that cost almost nothing to get your deal. If one looks hard enough at that row of empty chargers it would seem the city has outsourced those as well.

So, is Jersey City real estate that unappealing still, after Healy's seed money got things going, for now the budget looks OK, and by most accounts Jersey City is a big old social buzz city? Could just be the mayor rolls over far too easily.

Jobs have come here, and these are exactly where any abatements downtown SHOULD be going to. Those still have to be measured but no more abatements for condos or apartments downtown. How often must this simple idea that less spending is good and right now is the time to make developers, if they want a part of Jersey City, to pay the going rate downtown. The city isn't going to collapse if a corner stays a parking lot. Somebody will pay it, at full tax rate going forward because it's close to NYC. A Chinese company is building the new 95 story tower on Hudson. They could afford going rate rather than "in lieu of taxes," no?

Why is Johnny back on this again?

Terrence T. McDonald, take it away:

Now, city officials are asking the City Council to approve a 25-year tax break for a 52-story, 50-unit high-rise slated for a Columbus Drive parking lot.

AND Fulop wants to loan them money, like Bruce Ratner at the old Pep Boys site. No money for your neighborhoods but actual money to loan a developer. The Goldman Sachs guy in Fulop is on full display here.

The deal would also include $1 million in city-issued bonds, known as redevelopment area bonds, the city said will fund infrastructure improvements on the site, to be known as 25 Columbus Dr.

Oh, that neighborhood gets a new public school kindergarten and first grade out of it (unless the deal is changed and that happens all the time where developers weasel out of agreed to things and council lets them often back out). If you live in Greenville, or say in India Square or along parts of Communipaw, you'll pay for it, but what do you think the chances of your kid going to the new shiny school downtown is?

The answer is pretty clear looking to OUR shared future isn't it Jersey City? You want to open or move your business downtown, we've got office space, we're listening. You want money and loans to build and enrich one tiny neighborhood at the cost of all neighborhoods after all that's been given, yes given, to downtown? No.

Call your councilmember NOW. Tell them to vote responsibly or you'll look to find someone next time who will. Look at Ward B, remind them people aren't tied to they mayor's one-track desires anymore.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Late night open thread

How's your Christmas tree Billy?
We don't have a tree.
What do you have?
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Johnny normally tries to get his blood pressure down before bed

Another tax abatement downtown, this one for 25 years will be discussed tomorrow. In the meantime Johnny will try and pop a fistful of Ambien.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

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One more time, thanks yo to everyone at Blue Pearl on 55th in NYC. Johnny would hate to think how his dire wolf would make it through life without all your efforts!

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

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If you see SantaCon activities in Jersey City, you call the SantaCon Brute Squad

Today, sadly, is SantaCon. That lowly drunken, slovenly event that drags down Christmas every god damned year. Now, normally these "SanataCon" participants don't get much beyond NYC or Hoboken which could mean their Department of Corrections shock collars® won't allow them into Cool City or our force field is holding strong but you will, citizens, see SantaCon activity rearing it's ugly ugly head in JC from time to time.

That's when you call 1-800-99-BRUTE. A local cabal of Jersey City citizens in different wards will be dispatched with everything but guns to force the SantaCon participants back indoors to their own hovels and yurts or make sure they leave on the PATH stagecoach back to the big city where the Cheeto-faced Shitgibbon who will be our next president lives. These actions have been approved (as far as you know) at the highest levels and top men and women have been put on this important oversight committee.

If you see something, say something. You call 1-800-99-BRUTE! SantaCon, get out, and leave Jersey City well behind.

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Friday, December 9, 2016


"Pale Shelter' is one of Johnny's favorite songs and he thinks it's all kinds of underrated. He could listen to it once a day.

That being said, this video, lordy. Johnny's not sure if the alligator turned into Roland Orzabal or Curt Smith at the beginning so he had to catch up and boom, they were hanging around the airport so at that point just say screw it and listen to the song.

Have you heard? It's great.


Alice Cooper, another of that famous Detroit music mafia. Here he was in 1980 talking about clones. Really. Very ahead of the times. Good song too.

All are one and one are all.

Alice Cooper and 'Clones'


The first song on the first album Johnny ever heard on a friend's giant new sound system from way back when. Johnny's friend Roger was an enterprising genius engineer who saved his money and bought the best stereo of the day with the best speakers. You can imagine a young impressionable Johnny hearing the incredible 'Crazy On You' by Heart and the effect it had on him. Still does today.

Turn it up.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Late night open thread

"I can whistle with my fingers, especially if I have a whistle."
 -- Mitch Hedberg

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Johnny covers the arts

Johnny is a big fan of the arts and a big supporter when he can be and owns pieces by four different Jersey City artists. He got a look at the new gallery at Modera Lofts on Morgan at Washington and the art spaces for displays and artists is tip top. Gorgeous. Here's a gallery section showing the work of a friend of Johnny's, Maurizio Zuluaga.

Do yourself a favor and bring a friend downtown and take a look at some of the awesome work being down by artists here in Jersey City.

Late night open thread

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Say bunky, can you spare an idea

Chris Christie, our failed governor was musing today about his plans after he's done running our state as far into the ground as he can on his watch. We know the readers at the Jersey City Desk have some great ideas and we'd LOVE to know what you'd like to see happen with Christie after he's done being governor. Rock our comments box with suggestions.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

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This will probably not come as a surprise to anyone living in New Jersey

Governor Chris Christie has hit an all-time low in state history with his cool 19% approval rating. Yes those ten credit downgrades, defaulting on a deal he made himself with public unions, aligning himself with alt-right Nazi acolytes of Donald Trump, even becoming his cheerleader at the RNC Convention, more than likely outright lying about his dealings in Bridgegate while his cronies head off to jail, it's a real shocker isn't it?

Chris Christie and his policies have failed New Jersey and made him a laughingstock. For those of us here in Jersey City, Christie's greatest sin will always be not standing up for Jersey City and helping parrot Trump's lies about JC and 9/11 by not refuting them with all his gusto which we've all seen on display when he hears something he doesn't like. Gutless, to those in Jersey City he will always be gutless.

19%. Abject failure by our Republican governor.

Monday, December 5, 2016

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Merry Christmas...TO THE FLOOR!

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Johnny took a picture tonight he's pretty happy with

Johnny was out walking the dire wolf tonight and at one point he looked across the street and at first glance thought he saw an SUV with a shattered or spiderwebbed windshield. On second glance it was actually a perfect reflection of a tree being uplit on the windshield. It looks pretty cool if you ask Johnny. He's just in a sharing mood...

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Late night open thread

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Normally Johnny wouldn't spend a Sunday talking about astroturf

Or "fieldturf" as you're about to read.

Seriously, who thought today you'd wake up and want to read an amazing in-depth story on the fleecing of American communities and taxpayers over the new "fieldturf" at the local high school football fields. has another well done and truly enlightening piece on taxpayers getting ripped off by a company who knew their fields they sold to local high schools would fall apart much faster than they'd promised.

Take some time, maybe over coffee in the morning. It's what good journalism looks like.

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Championship Saturday brings about the last Saturday Night Scoreboard Show of the year. Too bad as Johnny really looks forward to putting it on each week and gets some of his best reader numbers.

Alabama 54
Florida 16
There will be three other teams in the playoff beside Alabama. They will all be heavy underdogs

Western Michigan 29
Ohio 23
The Broncos put the finishing touches on a 13-0 record this year and almost assuredly a date in the Cotton Bowl unless Navy could win their last two games, which brings us to:

Temple 34
Navy 10
Nope, party on in Kalamazoo

West Virginia 24
Baylor 21
Any day Baylor loses is a good day. They are a trash program, which brings us to:

Penn State 38
Wisconsin 31
The B1G honor is further dragged through the mud by Penn State's season. A disgraceful program with a big win does kinda make Ohio State look like a turd in a punch bowl though. The smaller schools like WMU, Boise St., Navy et al to play in a big bowl MUST win their conference championship. For the power conferences to make the four team playoff it's only strongly suggested. Penn State beat Ohio State and won their division AND the B1G title game. OSU didn't do either. If it was any other school other than Penn State Johnny would be screaming to keep the Buckeyes out

Washington 41
Colorado 10
Washington plays late and Johnny is old and has roosters to milk in the barn at dawn so he doesn't know that much about them but if it keeps Penn State and or Michigan out of the playoff, Go Huskies

Oklahoma 38
Oklahoma State 20
We have some lovely parting gifts for two teams who had playoff hopes at one point this year

Wofford 17
The Citadel 3
Wofford upset The Citadel in the 1-AA playoffs and no, Johnny did not wear his Wofford shirt today for those scoring at home

Clemson 42
Virginia Tech 35
Clemson vs the turds in the Punchbowl in the playoff nightcap

The Jersey City Desk Game of the Week®
South Dakota State 10
Villanova 7
In the 1-AA playoffs the Jackrabbits got a field goal from Chase Vinatieri, nephew of NFL kicking legend Adam Vinatieri, with 1:41 left to get power up and win the game. For his efforts and their win, hell and since it's the last Scoreboard Show of the season, ALL the Jackrabbits can loot and pillage Brookings, SD for the next 24 hours

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Friday, December 2, 2016

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Til tomorrow, midtown...

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Getting the impression Eric is really into this woman. We're not sure if he's "Layla" into her like when he wrote that song to profess his love for George Harrison's wife but he does seem sincere here.

Eric Clapton and 'Forever Man'


"I'm gonna show my face with a different little woman in a different place." You GO Nick Lowe! The Jesus of Cool with '7 Nights to Rock'


The caboose of tonight's Music Series comes in the form of The Eagles classic 'Victim of Love' which is one of their few songs cut live in the studio for an album (sans a few backup vocals, added tracks and so forth) and also a great cautionary tale about not putting your dick in crazy.

Johnny could be wrong but he's he's not.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Late night open thread

Ten good minutes before bed of some awesome trampoline fails. You give white people a trampoline and they will fuck themselves up any number of ways.
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Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno proving she knows as much about the economy as her boss

First, before the idea gets away from Johnny; New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno on her website aimed at a run for governor next year says New Jersey needs to create a more friendly environment for business. Um, again, check with your boss on that if you're having issues with how business gets done here after TEN credit downgrades on Chris Christie's watch. Perhaps you've met him.

Now, when Guadagno said yesterday that if New Jersey were to implement a $15 minimum wage we'd be forced to pump our own gas, for sure. Are we to live like savages? What kind of nation makes the citizenry pump their own gas? Yeah, every state but Oregon and here. If someone can make more money if Johnny has to pump his own gas, the line forms behind him. If Guadago understood the economy she'd know that someone getting a nice bump per hour isn't going to be setting up an eTrade account, that money will be going immediately back into the economy with a cell phone upgrade, maybe one more dinner out, a new laptop, a few extra credit hours, a better car and diapers ain't getting any cheaper. All things that help New Jersey's economy right NOW. What would happen to the local economy if suddenly thousands of people started buying these things? There you go.

Trust Johnny, getting your own gas isn't that bad and it's much quicker with one less middleman between your credit card and your bank. Tell Lt. Guadagno you're happy to pump your own gas if our friends and neighbors can get a real wage in today's world where there's always money for more abatements for Trump developments and bank bailouts, and auto company rescues.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Late night open thread

Johnny just read that 4,153,237 people got married last year. He's happy for each and every person but shouldn't that be an even number?

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Welcome to Jersey City, give us all your money

A Georgia truck driver who got lost near the Marion Gardens complex was robbed at gunpoint when he stopped to look for a way back out around 2:30am Wednesday. More on the crime and how many gunmen there were is available here. Johnny knows from IP addresses he's got a huge following from Marion Gardens so he wants you all to give these guys up. That's no way to treat our guests.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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Oh look, yet another delay in the Reval

You just KNEW this was gonna stretch past Fulop's reelection date of next November didn't you. Yep, more bullshit delays on the Reval. You can read all about it and go see why this time by clicking here. 

Delays on this have cost the city millions, so here's more.

Monday, November 28, 2016

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Time for Jersey City, After Dark

The Port Authority is paying PATH employees overtime to sleep

You wanna complain to their supervisor? He's sleeping on that desk over there. 

This is horrifying, people. PATH tells us they need to close tunnels on weekends for years at a time for our safety. They tell us there will be a need for emergency repairs so certain lines will be shut or shuffled with little warning. They tell us they still need time to clean up four years after Sandy.

Do they?

This report really shines a light on the fact just about every claim the Port Authority and PATH makes about why they close tunnels on certain lines for arbitrary amounts of times can be called into question. NO, The Port Authority do NOT get the benefit of the doubt that their claims have to be believed. Bridgegate, all their credibility lost right there. The fact the P.A. hands out your tax money in overtime pay to these slug-a-beds like Halloween candy should make everyone all the more upset. Only an independent forensic accounting of these layabouts will do.

We don't really do endorsements here but think about Port Authority appointees and who makes them in next year's governor's race New Jersey.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Late night open thread

Back to real life again tomorrow, drats!

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Giants football GAMEDAY!

So, is the Giants game today on the shores of Lake Erie at the Factory of Sadness vs the 0-11 Browns a tasty helping of Thanksgiving leftovers or a hand grenade disguised as a piece of pumpkin pie? Sure that 0-11 Browns record looks like a tasty meal, at home or on the road, the Browns are inept everywhere. However, only two NFL teams have gone winless in the Super Bowl-era. Actually, before their loss to the Steelers a week back some computer sports group put out odds the Browns only had a 20% chance to lose ALL their games. This seems to be telling us that yes, indeed, there is a hand grenade aspect to today's game. If the Giants lose to an 0-11 team in basically what should be a free win, one wonders how that plays out over the past month of the season. Does everything go into the toilet?

Relax, Johnny's been a Browns fan forever and you Big Blue fans have nothing to worry about. Do you have serviceable, ne, good wideouts? Well then Eli Manning should carve up a suspect Browns secondary like cake. The Browns offer little to no pass rush, Eli should have all day to make things look good on the offensive side of the ball. The Browns can't stop the run either so make sure to throw some ball control in there too. Defensively the Giants will be going up against one of many Browns QB's; Is RGIII back? McCown? Kessler? Kosar? While they can't run the Browns can pass a little and have two actual NFL-caliber guys who catch what gets thrown, Pro Bowl TE Gary Barnidge and breakout former OSU QB Terrell Pryor. Pryor is a big target and strong, capable of breaking tackles. This IS predicated on the idea the Browns QB's have any time to throw the ball. Why do the Browns start so many quarterbacks? They all get ground up by the opposing pass rush. The Giants front four should have a field day.

Yeah, not too much to worry about today G-Men fans, unless they start fumbling the ball, Eli decides to play blindfolded, they drop punts or get lost before the game and head over to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Fearless Forecast:
New Jersey Giants 31
Cleveland Browns 13

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Late night open thread

It's the Saturday Night Scoreboard Show on a Rivalry Saturday

Ohio St. 30
Michigan 27 2OT
Whining about referees after last's week's aforementioned "Who's got it better than us!?" videos make the Michigan coach with the Woody Hayes glasses look like a sniveler

Ped State 45
Michigan State 12
Just awful a low-quality program like Ped State gets to play in the B1G title game

Pittsburgh 76
Syracuse 61
The highest scoring game in modern college football history

Georgia Tech 28
Georgia 27
The Rambin' Wreck with 14 unanswered points in the 4th quarter equals heroic victory

Vanderbilt 45
Tennessee 34
The Commodores with 14 unanswered points in the 4th quarter equals heroic victory plus breakfast at the Loveless Cafe

USC 45
Notre Dame 27
USC certainly is an unappealing bowl opponent at this point in the season

Alabama 30
Auburn 12
Meet the new boss...

New Hampshire 64
Lehigh 21
Lehigh, destined to win the Patriot League every year and get waxed in the first round of the 1-AA playoffs

Central Arkansas 31
Illinois State 24
Central Arkansas hung back at the dorm watching cartoons all morning and got a late brunch. They showed up for the 4th quarter, scored 24 points and went back home

The Jersey City Desk Game of the Week®
Wofford 15
Charleston Southern 14
Johnny did not have his Wofford shirt on when Devin Watson had two interceptions in the 4th quarter to give the Bulldogs the victory and a second round playoff game next week. For his efforts Devin Watson may loot and pillage Spartanburg SC for the next 24 hours

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Late night open thread

FYI, if you've enjoyed the song Alice's Restaurant by Arlo Guthrie on Thanksgiving, Johnny thought you might enjoy the story that started it all. Read the news story and then listen to the first part of the song and you're all caught up.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Friday, November 25, 2016


Ya know, every time Johnny uses the word hippie on the Jersey City Desk he gets a scolding email or two and catches shit for it. They remind him of their contribution to the culture and music. Sooooo, ok, here's some Jefferson Airplane and the classic and always welcome 'Someone to Love' and Johnny's not just leaving this here as some kind of bait for hippies to get lured here for a great tune and take offense at the word hippie because bait piles are not allowed by the state.

Eric Cartman would have a hard time being a blogger.

Hippies, they wanna save the earth but all they do is smoke pot and smell bad...


Johnny dearly loves this song and this line, written by bassist John Lodge, is one of his all-time favorites:

So if you want this world of yours
To turn about you
And you can see exactly what to do
Please tell me
I'm just a singer in a rock and roll band

The Moody Blues and 'I'm Just A Singer (In A Rock & Roll Band)'


Now, since this terrific song landed in 1978 we haven't heard much from the Ozark Mountain Daredevils. We're not sure what kind of daredeviling they may have been up to lo these last few, well, decades or if they even still live in the Ozarks. What really matters, Johnny thinks, is the great song with the cool guitar riff running through it. 'Jackie Blue' wrapping up another Music Series. Just a helpful hint on this song though, keep to the studio version. You do not want to hear the singer singing this without proper technological magic. Go on, Johnny dares you.

SERIOUSLY, who decided, COOL, that's the band's name?

Also, this is the long version you've perhaps never heard. You might have a couple WTF moments if you're singing along ie THOSE AREN'T THE FUCKING WORDS!

8 years

Yes fans of the Jersey City Desk, Johnny has been putting down the stories that move Jersey City for eight years today. The big stories, the little ones, the quick mentions of those who make Jersey City a better place and the longer pieces on those who don't. Over these last eight years Johnny has tried to learn about the topics before speaking out of turn. To this end caution has been a good friend to Johnny as he lets stories play out, no assumption from all those years in Michigan at the Ypsi City Desk where he pretty much knew from habit what might happen. He's eagerly learned about things like bodegas aren't party stores, what freeholders are and New Jersey's quirky election set-up as well as oddities like in New Jersey citizens can't better their lives with ballot petition initiatives. He's done copious amounts of research on Jersey City and New Jersey.

In eight years Johnny has seen the good, the bad and of course the ugly. He'll keep on bringing you his opinionated version of events in New Jersey's hottest and coolest city. He'll never lie, he'll never make shit up but he will bring the thunder when necessary. Honest opinion, that's Johnny's promise to you.

Thank you for being part of Johnny's journey, readers, it's always ever been about you.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Late night open thread

Not so much a food coma, but more of an overall bodily malaise from eating.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Happy Thanksgiving!

Best weekend of the year, for Johnny's money. Four days (and let's now count Wednesday night as a party night) to eat and watch sports and go to movies and see friends and family. It's the traditions that count and Johnny is all about tradition on Thanksgiving.

As always, on Thanksgiving morning a little ditty about Stockbridge Massachusetts, where the dump is closed today.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Late night open thread

In honor of Lin Manuel Miranda's million gif day on Twitter...

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

It's happening all over, Ward B's new councilman is not who was expected to win

New Ward B Councilman Chris Gadsden didn't just run against history in that if he won he'd become the first African-American to be elected to represent Jersey City's west side. Gadsen didn't just run against any opponent in incumbent John Hallanan. Gadsen also was running against the entire Hudson County Democratic machine as well as Mayor Steve Fulop who enjoyed his automatic support from Hallanan as well as the guy before him who had to hurry up and leave, court's orders and so forth.

Terrence T. McDonald tells us how the race was won:

Behind the scenes, political operatives are pointing fingers about who is to blame for Hallanan's loss. But most of them agree that Gadsden, with the help of friend Jerry Walker and political operative Joe Cardwell, outworked his competitors.

"He just went out and, the old-fashioned way, knocked on a bunch of doors," one Democrat said.

Welcome to Jersey City's new Ward B councilman, a refreshing choice.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Late night open thread

Those Devils fans sitting around waiting for the game in San Jose to start at 10:30 EST now know why Johnny was so happy when the Red Wings moved east. Imagine waiting for a 10:30 game that could go into two or three overtimes to start felt like.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Did you see the LEAKED Black Friday ads/deals from Walmart, Target, Macy's, and Kohl's?

More than likely leaked by Walmart, Target, Macy's, and Kohl's.

Since we here don't support this nonsense so we're not sharing it here, we just wanted to point out these things get leaked by the companies to move to the front of your shopping line so you can budget them in.

Now you know.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

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Wind damage sure came to Hudson County today

From Jersey City to Harrison to other points, the wind sure took it's toll around the area today. While it actually snowed early this morning it was around 6am when the winds came causing damage and power outages in Bayonne and claiming scaffolding on the Newark Ave. pedestrian plaza in downtown Jersey City. You can, as they say, read all bout it, at this handy link.

Late night open thread

It's the Saturday Night Scoreboard Show! We're running low on these things...

Ohio State 17
Michigan State 16
The Buckeyes did themselves no favors in staking a claim to a playoff spot without winning the Big Ten East

Michigan 20
Indiana 10
Michigan heads to Columbus next weekend with it all to do

Florida 16
LSU 10
Looking like Florida vs Alabama in the SEC title game

Western Michigan 38
Buffalo 0
Rowing the boat in the snow in Kalamazoo

Lehigh 45
Lafayette 21
Lehigh gets power up and wins the Patriot League and an automatic bid to the 1-AA playoffs. This friends is the longest running football rivalry in all of America, today checking in with the 152nd meeting

Stanford 45
California 31
Cal's not so tough without the band running around on the field now are they?

Ferris State 63
Midwestern State 34
The Bulldogs win a Division II playoff game and Johnny gets to give a shoutout to his brother-in-law's school

Florida State 45
Syracuse 14
The Orange were better this year but still a way off

South Carolina State 32
Savannah State 0
Wanna know what's cool? SC State running back Joe Thomas Sr. entered the game with about 4 minutes to play in the first quarter, and ran the ball for 3 yards. So what you ask? Mr. Thomas is 55 years old and enrolled with his son at SC State 4 years ago. His son now plays for the Packers but Joe Sr., now the oldest college player to play in a game in history, got something just as important we figure

The Jersey City Desk Game of the Week®
Kansas 24
Texas 21 OT
Kansas had not won a Big 12 game in over two years. They are pretty much regarded as the poorest Division 1 program going...But they beat Texas today (Costing the Longhorns coach his job) and for that, the entire Kansas team can loot and pillage Lawrence for the next 24 hours. In their honor tonight, carry on you Wayward Sons
Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Late night open thread

Tomorrow, well today, is the 50th anniversary of the famed Michigan State vs Notre Dame 'Game of the Century'. You may now go to bed feeling really old.

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Friday, November 18, 2016


In about 20 minutes Johnny is gonna take the dire wolf out for a late night walk. He'd better hear this coming out of every open window and people singing along because on this one, well, there's no excuse. 


 Marvin Gaye with "I Heard it Through the Grapevine'


with CHUCK BERRY and KEITH RICHARDS and ROBERY CRAY but those won't fit and Johnny hates run on sentences.

This version should be the goddamned national anthem, we could all enjoy this before ballgames and get fired up. Please do appreciate the phenomenal voice of Linda Ronstadt here as she now has a condition that does not allow her to sing as much as one note of anything. A crime against nature. Linda Ronstadt and a cast of thousands on 'Back in the USA'


Remember back when MTV showed those short form vignettes over a song? Yeah, there was one point where this song was on like every third song.

Good thing Johnny likes it. Harvey Danger and 'Flagpole Sitta' putting the wraps on another Music Series.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

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Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Two Jersey City teachers win environmental teaching award

Mea culpa, Johnny comes from a family of teachers. Remember that scene in My Cousin Vinny where Marisa Tomei describes her character's expertise in car knowledge, "Well my father was a mechanic. His father was a mechanic. My mother's father was a mechanic. My three brothers are mechanics...." Johnny's grandmother was a teacher, his mother was a teacher, one of his aunts was a teacher, one of his sisters was a teacher... So stories like this are easy to like.

"Olatayo Wusu and John Flora – a science teacher and music teacher, respectively – were able to blend the two studies together to create an interest in environmental issues like urban ecosystems and school sustainability measures thus winning the annual Patricia Kane Environmental Education Award for their work in connecting middle school students with nature."

First, it's fabulous environmental education is being rewarded. It's about time the environment, especially after two hurricanes out this way, is shown how vital it is to our everyday fabric of life. Secondly, a true measure of smart people is to be able to meld good ideas together, in this case science and music. 

"This unconventional team of teachers embraced STEAM education, meshing scientific and ecological study with song writing, composing and creating musical pieces, and the results have been extraordinary," said Eric Stiles, president and CEO of New Jersey Audubon, the environmental education and conservation advocacy organization that presented the award.

Students participating in the program created their own songs and produced a video of their experiences, titled "Our City and Nature: Songs of Biodiversity."

Great job to the students and especially Wusu and Flora.

Late night open thread

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Jersey City Desk will no longer be covering (or mentioning) the New Jersey Jets

Or New York Jets if you prefer but either way with Jets owner Woody Johnson being such a big Trump supporter and fundraiser, Woody and the Jets can go fuck themselves gently with a chainsaw. He takes piles of tax abatement money on his hovel of a stadium he shares with the Mara's but he's a Trump do-it-yourselfer, LOL. What an asshat.

Fuck you Woody Johnson, you self-centered fucknugget. If you only care about yourself and your holdings, that's fine, it's not very American, but fine. But remember, if enough people feel like Johnny does who love America, your media coverage and ticket sales will start to wane once more people know.

Sorry kids, for honor and the good of the Republic, Woody gets a finger in the eye.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Late night open thread

How long til breakfast?

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Mayor Fulop now has one official, if not unexpected challenger

Former Healy corporation counsel for nearly a decade, Bill Matsikoudis has announced he will be challenging Mayor Steve Fulop in next November's mayoral election. Matsikoudis has set out his issues with Fulop's choices and administration:

Some of the criticisms Matsikoudis hurls at City Hall in the video center around the very issues that propelled Fulop into office in May 2013, when Fulop unseated Healy. Matsikoudis says the city suffers from violent crime, neglected neighborhoods and a city government "bloated with patronage," all jabs Fulop once made about the Healy administration.

Johnny's quick analysis is that while there might be a few unions and Healy fans still out there it won't be enough to get Matsikoudis past Fulop even in this "throw them out at any cost" mentality sweeping America. Fulop could be beaten by the right candidate, Matsikoudis' points aren't all that wrong, you read about these issues here time and time again. His connection to the sleaze of the Healy Administration won't help him. At this point that out of the blue big change challenger might as well be Johnny, a loud, brash kind of guy who has definite ideas. Who is that person in Jersey City and do they want to run? So far, nobody.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Late night open thread

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

This got by us last week with everything else going on

Well, not by us, we did see it, we're just getting around to mentioning it here now. The city initiative to move the Jersey City May elections and fold them into November general elections passed, meaning all Jersey City related votes and initiatives will be in November from now on. Johnny was against moving them as you regular readers know but as we also all know democracy took one big shit last week on thinking people.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Late night open thread

Johnny can't remember when he's been more eager for a Monday to roll around because this last week was one of the worst ever for a myriad of things.

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Jets football Gameday!

Yes, just the Jets today. The Giants play on Monday soooooooooooo fuck them.

The future is here Jets fans, Bryce Petty, the second year phenom out of that dirty school of Baylor, is the new starting QB. With Ryan Fitzpatrick out with an injury it's Petty's start today vs the Rams over at the New Meadowlands at 1pm. Of course should Petty stink or get hurt the new NEW future arrives in the form of former Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg. Either way both look better than the god-awful idea the Rams had to draft Jared Goff who according to reports out of Los Angeles say he's just not good.

This is a hard game to get a prediction grip on as there are reports nobody's happy in LA and also there are reports all is not well in Jets-World as there are rumors of discipline issues coming tot he fore. Here's what Johnny will base his pick on. Todd Gurley was supposed to lead a battering Rams (heh heh) running game after last season's huge success but Gurley has no 100 yard rushing games this year. While the Jets have missing pieces up front they are still 4th against the run in the NFL We just do not see Case Keenum lighting up the Jets secondary in a way a top-flight QB might do even with lesser receivers.

The Jets simply need to play great positional football, stay away from stupid penalties ie early starts, offside, too many men, etc. They can't screw up special teams like last week. Can't happen. If the Jets follow these easy to follow Johnny rules they're going to get that 4th win of the year:

Fearless Forecast:
New Jersey Jets 21
Los Angeles for the time being Rams 10

Late night open thread

It's the Saturday Night Scoreboard Show!

When the Autumnal winds get to blowing, they blow down some big timbers.

Pittsburgh 43
Clemson 42
#2 Clemson goes down at home and former Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi has a program win in only his second season

Iowa 14
Michigan 13
#3 Michigan loses in Iowa City in a shocker. Remember that horrid video Michigan produced with Jim Harbaugh yelling "Who's got it better than us?!" Well, if Michigan loses in Columbus maybe Penn State has it better than you
The Michigan State parody video:

Ohio State fans made one too:
The Big Ten is some cutthroat shit

USC 26
Washington 13
#4 Washington goes down at home to the Trojans. Suddenly the playoff is wide open

Rice 22
Charlotte 21
It's a crime if Rice doesn't play in a bowl

The Citadel 30
VMI 20
The Citadel is 10-0 so why aren't they in the playoff discussion? Charleston SC in the house

Frostburg State 21
Salisbury 17
Winter is coming

Bethany (WV) 32
St. Vincent 31
Bethany scored 19 unanswered points in the 4th quarter to get power up and win the game

Wyoming 66 3OT
Your PlayStation game of the week

Michigan State 49
Rutgers 0
MSU is only one year removed from a B1G tile and the playoff. Somebody was going to be made to pay for their awful season

The Jersey City Desk Game of the Week®
William Carroll 31
Mount Union 28
The last time Division III Mount Union lost a regular season game George W. Bush was beginning his second term. The Purple Raiders were 222-1 in their last 223 games dating back to 1994. Incredible. But today it was Anthony Moeglin hitting William Woods with a 24-yard touchdown pass with 39 seconds to play to win for Carroll. For their efforts, and throwing in the magnitude of the win, Moeglin and Woods can loot and pillage Alliance Ohio for 48 hours, up from the usual 24.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Friday, November 11, 2016

Late night open thread

A very special and happy Veterans Day today for all our vets.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark


America is a nation in turmoil and nobody seems to know the answer. Johnny knows one of them, MOAR MUSIC! Everyone loves music, every color, every party, every gender so tonight Johnny begins healing a fractious America.

Four songs. You read that right. This song here, 'Sheila Take a Bow' by The Smiths, oh it's only the first of four big songs tonight. Everyone can join in, have some fun and feel better.

So let's get started...


Johnny had SUCH a crush, we're talking big unrequited love for Bananarama's Siobhan Fahey back in the day. He crushed on her HARD. Stupid Dave Stewart; "Oh look at me, I'm cool and really creative and I'm in the Eurythmics with Annie Lennox and I'm a huge bloody success."

Sure, if you like that kind of guy.

A lot of places would simply play the Deep Sea Skiving version of this great song, 'Really Saying Something'. Pfffffft. noobs. This is the Jersey City Desk Music Series where music is to be held up like a fine jewel and treasured and discussed in an intelligent way. We're also healing a nation here. Tonight we get the very rare extended version for your listening pleasure.

First done by the Velvelettes in 1964, it's Siobhan Fahey and Bananarama with the aforementioned 'Really Saying Something'