NEWS, SPORTS, COMMENTARY, POLITICS for Gloucester City and the Surrounding Areas of South Jersey and Philadelphia

American Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New

Hail to the King, Show Your Support, Rams Sign, What Would You



By Bill Cleary



KING GEORGE REMAINS UNDEFEATED-Is South Jersey political powerbroker Norcross George Norcross (insert) the most influential Democrat in New Jersey? Alan Steinberg, a political columnist for PolitickerNJ and adjunct Political Science professor at Monmouth University, thinks so. 


From a Steinberger PolitickerNJ article, “Norcross has assured the reelection of Sheila Oliver as Speaker of the New Jersey Assembly.  He is the major force that has thrown Barbara Buono’s gubernatorial aspirations into the mothballs and guaranteed that she will be replaced as Senate Majority Leader by Loretta Weinberg.  His major legislative ally, Steve Sweeney is assured of reelection as Senate President”.


Steinberg feels that Norcross’s next goal will be having one of his South Jersey political friends elected as Governor.  “He wants to see one of his protégés, Steve Sweeney or Lou Greenwald elected as Governor of New Jersey.  This would make Norcross the Robert Moses of New Jersey, the ultimate power broker, the real power behind the throne.”


  CplRyan2SHOW YOUR SUPPORT-The Corporal Marc Ryan Memorial Run  will be held this Saturday, November 19. Ryan, (photo) was a Marine corporal who volunteered to go to Iraq after two combat tours in Afghanistan was killed in Al Anbar Providence, Iraq November 15, 2004. Ryan, age 25, was a 1998 graduate of Gloucester City High School, where he was a star athlete and captain of the football team.


The Warriors Watch Riders will form a tunnel for the runners/walkers to pass through as they start. Half of the bikes will lead the runners.  The second group of bikes will proceed to the turnaround point at Gloucester City High School where they will take over the lead. The first group of bikes will return to the start/finish line, forming another tunnel for the runners to pass as they finish. For more details please visit 


RAMS BASEBALL PROGRAM ONE OF THE BEST-Five Gloucester Catholic High School baseball players recently signed NCAA Division I scholarships. Congratulating Baseball the students is head baseball coach Dennis Barth (center). The players, left to right, are: Robbie Alessandrine (Monmouth), John Brue (Saint Joseph’s), Brett Tenuto (Stony Brook), Joe Brooks (East Carolina) and Patrick Kane (Old Dominion).  The five have been key players for Gloucester Catholic teams who have won the last two Non-Public B state championships and pushed the program back into national prominence. Their goal is to win one more state title for the school. The last South Jersey baseball program to win three consecutive state titles was Gloucester Catholic 1999-2001.


 WHAT WOULD YOU DO if you saw a 10- year- old boy being raped? That question has been raised ever since the story about former Penn State Coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested. Mike McQueary told a Grand Jury recently that he 111111-McQueary-paterno-400witnessed Sandusky sodomize a boy that age on March 1, 2002. By now you know that McQueary, a 6 -foot- 4 assistant Penn State football coach who was 28 at the time walked away from that scene. Instead of stopping Sandusky, or calling the police, McQueary called his father.

Photo: Coach McQueary and Coach Paterno

After McQueary told his father about the alleged assault in 2002, he reported it to Paterno, who told then-athletic director Tim Curley, according to a grand jury presentment. But Paterno apparently did not go further, leading to criticism that resulted in his ouster, while Curley was charged with perjury in the case.


 Social psychologist Stanley Cohen told Time magazine reporter Maia Szalavitz that denial may have been one factor that prevented action by McQueary and others is denial. 

 “McQueary may well have been psychologically unable to accept that a man like Sandusky, someone he admired, had actually committed the abhorrent crime he witnessed. Research suggests that when people are faced with situations that threaten their view of the world as relatively fair and decent, rather than revising their own perspective, they often create accounts that deny reality, blame the victim or otherwise rationalize the situation.” To read the article go to


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