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Power & Politics: Coronavirus preparations, Super Tuesday fallout
Mar 6 • 20 min
Jared Maples, director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security, talks about what families can do to prepare for the possibility of coronavirus in their communities. He also discussed the terrorism threat level increase. Patrick Murray, of Monmouth…
Power & Politics: A discussion on Murphy’s budget address
Feb 28 • 19 min
A discussion about the governor’s budget address between Brandon McCoy of the progressive NJ Policy Perspective and Alan Steinberg, former regional director of the EPA under Republican President George W. Bush. Plus, political analyst Steve Adubato talks…
Power & Politics: Bail reform in New Jersey
Feb 19 • 18 min
Former Attorney General Chris Porrino talks about the status of bail reform in New Jersey. He also talks about the Department of Justice’s lawsuit against New Jersey and the handling of the Roger Stone sentencing. Monsy Alvarado, immigration reporter for…
Power & Politics: Kelly Heyboer details NJ politics #MeToo investigation
Feb 11 • 18 min
In late December 2019, an investigation by Kelly Heyboer and Susan Livio of NJ Advance Media exposed a toxic culture and rampant sexual harassment in New Jersey politics. Their report resulted in the creation of a working group led by the state’s top…
Power & Politics: Iowa caucus, impeachment acquittal, #MeToo & NJ politics
Feb 7 • 20 min
Alex Zdan reviews the Iowa caucus chaos and previews the New Hampshire primary with Patrick Murray of Monmouth University Polling Institute. Professor Eugene Mazo discusses the impeachment trial and the potential impact of President Donald…
Power & Politics: President Trump comes to Wildwood
Jan 31 • 19 min
A look at Trump’s rally in Wildwood in support of Rep. Jeff Van Drew, who switched parties to Republican. Host Alex Zdan talks to state Sen. Mike Testa, co-chair of the president’s re-election campaign in New Jersey. And this week, Gov. Murphy announced a…
Power & Politics: Sen. Cory Booker on the Trump impeachment trial
Jan 24 • 18 min
The impeachment trial of President Trump began, and New Jersey’s junior senator, Democrat Cory Booker, gives us his perspective on the proceedings so far. And constitutional law scholar Eugene Mazo, visiting associate professor at Rutgers Law School in…
On The Scene: Dana Delany
Jan 22 • 13 min
Dana Delany tells News 12 New Jersey’s John Bathke about her role in the world-premiere play “Goodnight Nobody” at Princeton’s McCarter Theatre. They also discuss her roles on television including “China Beach” and “Desperate Housewives” and her family’s…
On The Scene: Joey McIntyre of New Kids on the Block
Jan 21 • 17 min
John sits down with Joey McIntyre of New Kids On The Block. He’s appearing in the Shakespeare comedy “Twelfth Night” at Two River Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey. They discuss tackling Shakespeare, the breakup and reunion of New Kids On The Block and…
Power & Politics: Sen. Sweeney and NJ legislation
Jan 18 • 21 min
Senate President Steve Sweeney talks about the millionaire’s tax, the vaccine bill, the new report on corporate subsidy programs and more. Host Alex Zdan also talks in depth about the vaccine bill, the controversial 11th hour amendment and its failure in…
Power & Politics: Menendez on Iran, sexual harassment in NJ politics
Jan 10 • 20 min
Sen. Bob Menendez talks about the conflict with Iran and what may have happened to the Ukrainian jetliner that crashed this week. Host Alex Zdan also talks to Patricia Teffenhart of the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault about the next steps to…
Power & Politics: Jersey City Assemblywoman McKnight
Dec 13, 2019 • 21 min
Assemblywoman Angela McKnight represents District 31 in Jersey City. The district includes where Detective Joseph Seals and 3 others were murdered in what authorities are calling a domestic terror attack with a hate-crime slant. McKnight discusses her…
Power & Politics: Schiano/Rutgers, pot legalization
Dec 6, 2019 • 18 min
Coach Greg Schiano is coming back to Rutgers football. Host Alex Zdan and NJ Advance Media political reporter Brent Johnson discuss his return. Democratic Assemblyman Jamel Holley is sponsoring a bill to turn pot legalization over to the voters. He…
Power & Politics: Rep. Pallone on impeachment inquiry
Nov 28, 2019 • 22 min
Rep. Frank Pallone says there’s no question President Trump abused his power and endangered national security. He talks with Alex Zdan about the impeachment inquiry, plus the dangers of vaping. Patrick Murray of Monmouth University Polling Institute talks…
Kane In Your Corner: Black Friday and Cyber Monday Consumer Alert
Nov 28, 2019 • 18 min
This special holiday consumer alert shares shopping tips for Black Friday and Cyber Monday and looks at how TV technology is ever-changing and how to decide what tech is right for you. We also examine how to stay ahead of varying health insurance rates…
Power & Politics: Sen. Menendez, state Sen. Tom Kean Jr.
Nov 22, 2019 • 21 min
We review the dramatic events in Trenton this week when Sue Altman from NJ Working Families was dragged away from a Senate hearing on tax incentives, in which South Jersey power broker George Norcross was about to deliver testimony. Sen. Bob Menendez…
On the Scene: Maysoon Zayid
Nov 22, 2019 • 7 min
Comedian and author Maysoon Zayid traveled an unlikely path to become a standup comic. She tells John Bathke how she triumphed over cerebral palsy to build a career on stage.
On The Scene: Linda and Laura Benanti
Nov 22, 2019 • 13 min
Actress Laura Benanti discusses her impression of first lady Melania Trump on ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ and is joined by her mother, Linda Benanti, as the two tell John Bathke about performing together in their concert, “The Story Goes On.”
Power & Politics: Democratic Committee Chair battle, Murphy campaign NDAs
Nov 15, 2019 • 20 min
The NJ Legislature is in a lame duck session, voting on bills such as vaping regulation & driver’s licenses for all. Meanwhile, a challenge to the state Democratic Committee chair highlights the intra-party battle between Gov. Murphy & Senate President…
Kane In Your Corner: Consumer alert on ‘smishing’ scams
Nov 8, 2019 • 8 min
Walt Kane sits down with Melissa Companick of the Better Business Bureau to discuss the fast-growing text/SMS phishing, or “smishing,” scams. We all are aware of emails that appear to be spam and that we should delete without opening, but most of us are…
Power & Politics: Assembly election 2019 (with Craig Coughlin and Jon Bramnick)
Nov 1, 2019 • 19 min
All 80 seats in the state Assembly are up for election on Nov. 5, along with one special state Senate contest and local elections. News 12 brought together the together the leaders of each party in the Assembly, Democratic Speaker Craig Coughlin and…
Power & Politics: Election Day preview and Airbnb controversy
Oct 26, 2019 • 17 min
Nancy Solomon, of NJ Public Radio and WNYC, and Fred Snowflack, of InsiderNJ.com, discuss the upcoming election, plus the latest news on the investigations into the state’s tax incentives. And Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop talks about the…
Kane In Your Corner: Consumer alert on prepaid cards
Oct 25, 2019 • 7 min
Prepaid cards are becoming a popular choice for consumers, including online shoppers concerned about identity theft and parents looking for a way to fund kids in high school and college. But thousands of consumers complain each year about the high…
Power & Politics: Rep. Sherrill on the impeachment inquiry
Oct 18, 2019 • 18 min
Rep. Mikie Sherrill co-wrote an op-ed last month that was considered pivotal in the decision to begin the President Trump impeachment inquiry. She discusses her decision to endorse the inquiry with Power & Politics host Alex Zdan. They also discuss the…
Power & Politics: Diversity in schools and neighborhoods
Oct 12, 2019 • 19 min
Power & Politics examines how New Jerseyans perceive diversity in their neighborhoods and schools, and how people respond differently to online polls as opposed to polls over the phone. Alex Zdan also talks to pollsters Krista Jenkins from FDU Poll and…
Power & Politics: Dark money bill, ICE jail agreement
Oct 5, 2019 • 18 min
Host Alex Zdan talks to Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker about the so-called dark money bill, which compels political action committees to disclose donors who give more than $10,000. They also discuss new vape sale restrictions. Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun…
Power & Politics: Booker campaign, impeachment inquiry, women’s representation
Sep 28, 2019 • 20 min
Guests Matt Klapper, Matt Arco and Jean Sinzdak talk to Alex Zdan about Sen. Cory Booker’s campaign, the presidential impeachment inquiry, Gov. Phil Murphy’s trip to India and women’s representation on boards and commissions in New Jersey.
Kane In Your Corner: Hate at Home
Sep 27, 2019 • 15 min
News 12 examines hate and bias incidents in New Jersey, how often they happen and how rarely they’re prosecuted. We explore the increase in hate based on religion and look at hate creeping into politics in ways that have experts concerned. From victims…
Power & Politics: Recent polling, NJ Transit
Sep 21, 2019 • 19 min
Patrick Murray explains his recent polling on Gov. Phil Murphy’s approval numbers, the Newark water crisis, and whether or not New Jersey approves of Sen. Cory Booker for President. Also, Kevin Corbett of NJ Transit talks about safety upgrades and turning…
Power & Politics: Newark mayor gives update on lead crisis
Sep 14, 2019 • 16 min
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka gives an update on the lead crisis. Economic Development Authority CEO Tim Sullivan talks about New Jersey’s economy. Sen. Joe Pennacchio discusses vaping, anti-bullying laws and the algae bloom issue in Lake Hopatcong.
Power & Politics: Back to school 2019
Aug 31, 2019 • 20 min
Power & Politics is headed Back to School. Host Alex Zdan speaks to a number of education experts. Marie Blistan, president of the New Jersey Education Association, talks about recruiting talented teachers for New Jersey schools and the state of teachers…
Kane In Your Corner: Bullying in New Jersey’s schools
Aug 30, 2019 • 20 min
New Jersey is supposed to have one of the toughest school bullying laws in the country, but a News 12 investigation finds too often it doesn’t work. Some school districts are not being truthful over how often bullying happens. Parents who file complaints…
Power & Politics: Lead water crisis, Becchi challenges Kean
Aug 24, 2019 • 0 min
Alan Steinberg, Region 2 EPA director under President George W. Bush, talks about why he thinks Gov. Murphy is not doing enough to help citizens of Newark amid the lead water crisis. Sean Sullivan, of the Star-Ledger/NJ Advance Media, explains legislation…
On The Scene: Gloria Gaynor
Aug 23, 2019 • 19 min
Gloria Gaynor shares the fascinating story behind her iconic song “I Will Survive,” which hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart 40 years ago this year. Gaynor also gives the background behind her new gospel album, “Testimony.” The wide-ranging conversation for…
On The Scene: John Lennon photographer Bob Gruen
Aug 23, 2019 • 17 min
You may not know the name Bob Gruen, but chances are you’ve seen his photographs. Gruen was John Lennon’s personal photographer and even shot the iconic photo of Lennon in his New York City shirt. News 12’s John Bathke caught up with Gruen at the Morris…
Power & Politics: Murphy chief of staff and Bridget Kelly
Aug 17, 2019 • 18 min
News 12’s Alex Zdan talks to Gov. Phil Murphy’s chief of staff about legalizing marijuana, the economy, property taxes and more. Also, six years ago this week, the infamous email “time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee” was written. Former aide to…
Power & Politics: Al Alvarez, Gateway Project, gun bills
Aug 10, 2019 • 19 min
Al Alvarez accuses his accuser of defamation. We talk to Micah Rasmussen of Rebovich Institute for NJ Politics about it. It’s a $30B transportation transformation, but is it too big to get built? The Gateway Project would build new bridges & tunnels into…
Kane In Your Corner: Exclusive talk with Attorney General Grewal on NJ hate crimes
Aug 7, 2019 • 6 min
Bias incidents are on the rise in some New Jersey cities. A newly released report shows there were over 500 incidents reported last year, the most in NJ in a decade. And 1 in 4 reported incidents occur on college campuses across the state. In an exclusive…
Power & Politics: Dem debates, Rep. Watson Coleman on impeachment
Aug 3, 2019 • 19 min
Patrick Murray, director of Monmouth University Polling Institute, talks about the debate for the Democratic nomination for president, specifically the heated exchanges between New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and former Vice President Joe Biden. Host Alex…
Power & Politics podcast – Spending freezes, immigration
Jul 27, 2019 • 19 min
Host Alex Zdan speaks with New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney about spending freezes and the shake-up at the School’s Development Authority. Old Bridge Councilman Mark Razzoli discusses his stance against new ICE rules. And Somerset County…
Power & Politics: Spending freeze, ICE, tax incentives, LGBTQ curriculum
Jul 13, 2019 • 18 min
Ben Dworkin, of Rowan University, weighs in on Gov. Phil Murphy’s spending freeze and the politics of ICE agreements. Democrat Jeff Nash, Camden County Freeholder, talks about how Camden has benefited from tax incentives awarded by the Economic…
Kane In Your Corner: Consumer Alert on Student Loan Debt
Jul 12, 2019 • 5 min
A college degree has long been seen as the key to a good job, but more Americans are carrying student loan debt these days. Americans now owe more than $1.5 trillion in student loans - and one study finds that 40% may default in the next four years. Walt…
Power & Politics: Budget fallout, LGBTQ curriculum, 2021 gubernatorial race
Jul 6, 2019 • 18 min
Brent Johnson, reporter for NJ Advance Media, reviews the outcome and the fallout of the final state budget. Jay Lassiter, columnist for InsiderNJ, and advocate for LGBTQ rights and medical marijuana, discusses the new LGBTQ curriculum in New Jersey…
Power & Politics: New Jersey state budget showdown
Jun 28, 2019 • 18 min
No government shutdown, no millionaire’s tax - but no deal either yet in the budget dispute between Gov. Murphy and the Legislature. Host Alex Zdan talks to Monmouth University Polling Institute director Patrick Murray and Politico reporter Katherine…
Kane In Your Corner: A 7-year Superstorm Sandy recovery story
Jun 28, 2019 • 5 min
After 7 years, Jim & Carol Ferraioli are finally ready to begin construction on a new home to replace the one that was ravaged by Superstorm Sandy. They have overcome struggles with contractors, mortgage companies and state programs just to get to this…
Power & Politics: Millionaire’s Tax
Jun 22, 2019 • 20 min
The NJ Legislature passed a budget, but Gov. Murphy still wants it to include a millionaire’s tax. Alex Zdan talks to Charlie Stile, columnist for the Record, and Sue Altman of NJ Working Families and Chrissy Buteas of the New Jersey Business & Industry…
Kane In Your Corner: Deepfake Videos
Jun 20, 2019 • 7 min
Walt Kane explores the trend of creating deepfake videos for public consumption. The trend uses computer software to merge a person’s image with another’s words, or in some cases use vocal soundalikes. Walt and cybersecurity expert Adam Levin talk about…
Power & Politics: Tax break probe, dark money bill, opioid crisis
Jun 17, 2019 • 20 min
Tim Sullivan, CEO of the embattled Economic Development Authority, talks to Power & Politics host Alex Zdan about how the agency is changing in the midst of a task force investigation into how some of its tax break programs were run during the…
On The Scene podcast: Ace Young talks ‘Aida’
Jun 12, 2019 • 26 min
Singer and former “American Idol” star Ace Young talks appearing in “Aida,” and opens up about his marriage to Diana DeGarmo in On The Scene With John Bathke companion podcast.
Kane In Your Corner podcast: What to know when buying a car
Jun 7, 2019 • 10 min
Walt Kane talks to automotive consumer advocate Michael Sacks in this week’s Kane In Your Corner report for the News 12 Talks New Jersey podcast. Sacks tells us what to know to protect yourself when buying a new or used car. Get some tips on how to…
Kane In Your Corner: Consumer alert on counterfeit goods
May 31, 2019 • 6 min
Walt Kane talks to Melissa Companick from the New Jersey Better Business Bureau about the increase of counterfeit goods brought in to the country through the air and the ports. The Better Business Bureau released a report analyzing the frequency that…
Kane In Your Corner: Understanding the Better Business Bureau
May 24, 2019 • 7 min
Walt Kane talks to New Jersey Better Business Bureau Director Melissa Companick about the history of the BBB, the way the organization operates and the services it provides. Walt and Melissa discuss how the Better Business Bureau educates consumers…
Kane In Your Corner: Consumer Alert on debt collectors
May 14, 2019 • 8 min
Imagine getting calls every day from debt collectors, plus getting bombarded by texts and emails too. That may be the new reality for millions of Americans following new rules proposed by the Trump administration. There are new rules on debt collectors…
May 6, 2019 morning news brief
May 6, 2019 • 8 min
Today’s trending topics: Controversy is brewing in the race for mayor of West New York. Three people are recovering this morning following a two-car crash in Jefferson Township. In North Bergen, the person who shot four people on Sunday still hasn’t been…
Kane In Your Corner: Robocalls
Apr 29, 2019 • 11 min
Robocalls have become the No. 1 consumer complaint in America. Americans now get 5.2 billion of them a month — 2,000 every second. We talk to Robokiller’s Ethan Garr, cybersecurity expert Scott Schober, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone and Verizon’s David…
Kane In Your Corner - Surprise medical billing
Apr 24, 2019 • 7 min
Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill last year regulating surprise medical billing, but you may not be as protected as you think. In this companion podcast for Kane In Your Corner’s look at surprise medical billing, Walt talks to a mom who ended up owing…
On The Scene - Alan Cumming
Apr 24, 2019 • 12 min
Actor and singer Alan Cumming is on a concert tour of “Legal Immigrant,” a show inspired by the 10-year anniversary of the Scotland native becoming a U.S. citizen. On The Scene host John Bathke caught up with Cumming to talk about the show, immigration…
Kane In Your Corner: Consumer Alert on Social Media & Insurance
Apr 19, 2019 • 4 min
News 12’s Walt Kane talks to financial planner Paul Oster about the “big brother” scenario in social media and how your insurance company may be observing your online behavior before underwriting your policy.
Ask Governor Murphy - April 2019
Apr 15, 2019 • 41 min
Gov. Phil Murphy answered questions from constituents on News 12 New Jersey. Topics discussed include taxes, sanctuary city policies and minimum wage. (This conversation was recorded April 15, 2019)
Kane In Your Corner: Consumer Alert on Lemon Laws
Apr 12, 2019 • 6 min
Your car is a big investment, especially if you buy it new. But if you have a problem with your new car, will you be protected? It may depend on where you live. The Center for Auto Safety recently released a ranking of all states’ Lemon Laws. Kane In Your…
Kane In Your Corner: Your Next Pet, Avoiding Scams
Apr 5, 2019 • 6 min
Some 85 million U.S. families now own a pet – about 7 in 10 families — but many unwittingly get animals raised by “puppy mills.” And consumer advocates say thousands of prospective pet owners fall victim to scams each year. Last month, authorities busted…
On The Scene: Dionne Warwick, Isaac Mizrahi, Rashad Wright
Apr 4, 2019 • 53 min
John Bathke talks with designer Isaac Mizrahi about why he’s happier not being in the high-end fashion business anymore, his gender identity issues as a kid, and his goal of becoming a singer and entertainer. Dionne Warwick is going back to the…
Kane In Your Corner: Audit confirms 2016 investigation into LIHEAP
Apr 3, 2019 • 8 min
About $3 million in heating assistance that was supposed to go to low-income families may have gone to applicants who lied about their income, a state audit finds. The report from the NJ state auditor confirms concerns that were first raised in a KIYC…
Kane in Your Corner: Consumer Q&A for March 29
Mar 29, 2019 • 13 min
News 12’s Walt Kane gives answers to answers to viewers’ consumer questions. This conversation touches on the Volkswagen recall, Carfax, health insurance and more. Note: This episode was record Friday, March 29.
Kane In Your Corner: Consumer Alert on Car Complaint Index
Mar 22, 2019 • 5 min
It’s the list that no carmaker wants to be on: the annual Car Complaint Index. The list looks at complaints per vehicle sold per year of service that it’s on the road. To get more insight into this year’s list, Walt Kane talks to The Car Book author Jack…
Kane In Your Corner: Consumer Alert on Tax Law Changes
Mar 8, 2019 • 9 min
Can taxpayers expect bigger or smaller refunds this year? Some employers adjusted the withholding tables with the new tax rates, so it could be smaller. But it’s more complex than that. News 12’s Walt Kane interviews accountant Joe Petrucelli and Joseph…
Kane In Your Corner: A Grave Concern
Mar 6, 2019 • 8 min
Losing a loved one is painful, but some New Jersey families say their loss was made worse by a situation that’s so bizarre it’s kind of hard to believe. The families bought final resting places at Holmdel Cemetery. But the cemetery and its for-profit…