11 episodes

The CIG Insider NJ Podcast, a brand-new joint venture brought to you by Capital Impact Group and Insider NJ, focuses on the stories behind the headlines in New Jersey politics. Host Paul Crupi sits down with the State’s most influential political leaders and personalities for insightful conversations that delve into the guest’s background, defining career moments, and major life influences that brought them to where they are today. Tune in for fascinating stories, surprising anecdotes, and revelatory interviews with the people that live and breathe New Jersey politics.

Questions or comments? I'm on Twitter @paul_crupi
www.cignj.com
www.insidernj.com

The CIG Insider NJ Podcast Paul Crupi

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    • 5.0 • 17 Ratings

The CIG Insider NJ Podcast, a brand-new joint venture brought to you by Capital Impact Group and Insider NJ, focuses on the stories behind the headlines in New Jersey politics. Host Paul Crupi sits down with the State’s most influential political leaders and personalities for insightful conversations that delve into the guest’s background, defining career moments, and major life influences that brought them to where they are today. Tune in for fascinating stories, surprising anecdotes, and revelatory interviews with the people that live and breathe New Jersey politics.

Questions or comments? I'm on Twitter @paul_crupi
www.cignj.com
www.insidernj.com

    Episode 11: Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso

    Episode 11: Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso

    This is a special quarantine edition of the CIG Insider NJ podcast, and my guest is Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso of the 13th legislative district.
    Assemblywoman DiMaso had just begun her 2nd term as a legislator in January and, as a newly minted member of the budget committee, expected a robust learning experience during the normal course of budget hearings and debates throughout the spring. All of that was thrown out the window of course when the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted all of our lives and put the state -- and the nation -- under widespread quarantine. The Assemblywoman talks about her personal experiences as a volunteer member of the Holmdel EMS, as well as her daughter's experiences as a first year resident at a hospital in Boston. Her hometown of Holmdel is the site of one of the largest testing centers in the state, and the Assemblywoman talks about how successful that center has been, and how testing has contributed to flattening the curve throughout NJ.
     
    We discuss the practical impact quarantine has had on small businesses throughout her district, and what quarantine might look like as summer approaches at the Jersey Shore. The Assemblywoman details what she believes would be an appropriate approach at striking the balance between opening the economy again and making sure people are still safe, and addresses some of her concerns regarding policy decisions that have been made thus far.
     
    We also delve a little bit into her background as a public servant, and how selling cupcakes kickstarted her career as a politician. Finally, we close the discussion as she tells me the very first thing she'll do once quarantine is lifted.

    • 26 min
    Episode 10: Senator Vin Gopal

    Episode 10: Senator Vin Gopal

    Senator Vin Gopal is wrapping up his first term as a state senator and, indeed, coming up on his first two years ever of holding elected office. The millennial senator brings us behind the scenes on the campaign trail, first as chair of the Monmouth County Democratic Party as he managed a victory against incumbent Republican assemblywomen in 2015, and then, what it took for himself to defeat a popular three term incumbent Senator and help turn a Republican stronghold in Monmouth County blue. He tells us about his learning curve in joining the senate as its youngest member, and how he took steps to ingratiate himself with more experienced colleagues across generational and ideological divides. The Senator takes constituent relations seriously, and shares how he leverages social media to reach his neighbors in real time to ensure their concerns are heard. His highest priority is keeping those commitments made to his constituents, and he tells us that sometimes that means having to oppose his own party on key issues, such as the minimum wage increase. Senator Gopal came of age politically in the turbulent time of the Iraq War, but instead of focusing on national politics, his passion has been more local. He shares with us why this is important and how he hopes to continue opening a pathway for younger candidates to run for office.

    • 26 min
    Episode 9: Election Day 2019 Preview with the Insider NJ Team

    Episode 9: Election Day 2019 Preview with the Insider NJ Team

    On this special Election Day preview episode I am joined by the expert political team from Insider NJ -- Max Pizarro, Fred Snowflack, Pete Oneglia, and John Van Vliet -- for a roundtable discussion recorded live at Iberia Tavern and Restaurant in Newark, in which we discuss some of the most fascinating and significant storylines that will dominate the headlines on Election Day. 
     
    We begin our conversation with a preview of the race in LD21, as Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick finds himself in perhaps the most difficult reelection campaign of his career. We discuss all of the possibilities of that race, including who might assume the mantel of leadership in the Republican caucus if Leader Bramnick suffers an upset.
     
    Discussion then shifts southbound down to LD1 for the special election of Senator Bob Andrzejczak, who, as a Democrat in a moderate district, faces similar partisan fervor from his opponents.
     
    We then consider what will be on the docket for the legislature and the governor as soon as we move past election day and into lame-duck. Marijuana legalization continues to be a major talking point, as is the ever-changing dynamic between the Governor and the Senate President. Finally, Max tells us why the Somerset freeholder race may be a dark horse race to watch as early returns come in.

    • 27 min
    Episode 8: George Helmy, Chief of Staff to Governor Phil Murphy

    Episode 8: George Helmy, Chief of Staff to Governor Phil Murphy

    On this episode of the CIG Insider NJ Podcast is George Helmy, Chief of Staff to Governor Phil Murphy. After breaking into the political world under the tutelage of Senator Frank Lautenberg, George became a close advisor and friend to Senator Cory Booker, eventually serving as his state director. Now, as chief of staff to the Governor, George tells us what he believes to be the most important part of his job, shares some of the successes of the Murphy administration so far, and what he hopes to accomplish in the months and years ahead. 
     

    • 33 min
    Episode 7: Assemblyman Kevin Rooney

    Episode 7: Assemblyman Kevin Rooney

    Assemblyman Kevin Rooney has served in the legislature since 2016, and prior to that has worn many different hats in his lifetime. An experienced arboriculturist, salesman, and business owner; a reality-show winning home chef, and, as he was known on national news during a freak snowstorm, the mayor who canceled Halloween, the Assemblyman most of all should be recognized as someone who is absolutely devoted to serving his community. His first break in public service came as a member of his local zoning board at the behest of his father-in-law, who clearly saw potential in the young man who at the time was running a tree management company.
     
    During our conversation the Assemblyman tells me about how his experiences as a committeeman and mayor of Wykoff Township helped him to realize his passion for public service, which he continues to foster in the state legislature. He also talks about his bipartisan advocacy for an environmental issue that garnered international attention, and his interest in raising greater awareness for the NJ state animal. Finally, we talk about his time on the hit TV cooking competition Chopped, and how his love for cooking also allows him to serve those who are less fortunate.  

    • 49 min
    Episode 6: Assemblywoman Carol Murphy

    Episode 6: Assemblywoman Carol Murphy

    Assemblywoman Carol Murphy is in the midst of her first term as a member of the NJ State legislature, but came to the job more experienced than most freshmen lawmakers, as she had previously served as a trusted and very well-respected staffer to both Senator Linda Greenstein and Assemblywoman Gabby Mosquera. She tells us about how she drew inspiration from her job as a staffer to decide to run for office, and how her years of working for two lawmakers prepared her for the job. She also shares how her late father's service in the United States Army impacts her decision-making as a lawmaker each and every day. 
     
    We recorded this podcast on March 26th, one day after the push to legalize marijuana failed in the Senate. The Assemblywoman tells us why, in her opinion, the bill stalled in the legislature, and where we go from here. And, as a member of the Assembly Budget committee, she expresses that she actually loves the budget-making process, and enjoys the many hearings and discussions that are part of the job. 
     
    Assemblywoman Murphy projects an infectious enthusiasm for her role in representing her constituents in Burlington County, and truly loves serving in the Assembly. However, I ask her if she has any further aspirations beyond her current position, and you'll just have to listen to how she answers that question.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Wutdidyousay ,

Fabulous Debut!

Paul Crupi has done a wonderful job of asking questions that yield informative and personable responses. His great audio presence and the clear camaraderie with his guest made listening a breeze: it felt like we were sitting in on a coffee shop chat!
Eagerly anticipating forthcoming installments!

MalibuBunnee in NYC ,

Excellent Podcast

I don't consider myself a political person but this makes me feel informed and empowered with information I wouldn't otherwise be privy to. Paul keeps listeners in the know in a real, relatable way. Love this guy.

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J Boulos

Hey Paul, this is amazing! Can’t wait for the next episode!

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