We kicked off another week in New Jersey with a wide array of topics. Today we discussed everything from a heated debate over puppy sales in New Jersey, an injury I suffered while playing paintball with my son and family and we even got to have a conversation with American Idol contestant Gianna Isabella!

A new bill being introduced by Senator Ray Lesniak would ban pet stores from acquiring their dogs from reported puppy mills. Pet stores often get a bad rap so I invited to local pet store owners here in NJ to come in and hear their side of the story.

Shake-a-Paw owner Jeff Morton and the owner of Furrylicious, Cindy Knowles joined us in studio to discuss why they think Senator Lesniak's bill is detrimental to pet store owners. As Jeff pointed out, this bill is a sourcing bill and would force NJ pet stores to acquire dogs exclusively via NJ rescue groups or shelters.

Kathleen, the head of the NJ Humane Society, called in to defend the legislature and NJ shelters.  Kathleen doesn't think this bill will put pet stores out of business by any means. Listen to the full debate between Kathleen and Cindy Knowles from Furrylicious in the YouTube clip below.

There will be hearing about this legislature on Thursday and we will definitely be discussing it again by the end of the week.

 

I came back to work today with a bit of an injury after playing paintball with my son this weekend. Listen to me explain how I wound up with a minor headache after this weekend's festivities in the clip below.

Jackson’s Gianna Isabella made it to the Top 10 on Fox’s American Idol! The Jackson native joked that she was surprised and wasn’t expecting to be called on stage. “I looked around and I was like Oh My God, are they calling me?” Gianna says.

From here on out, Gianna will only have a single performance per week. Tune into Fox Thursday night at 8/7c to watch Gianna sing her way to the top spot. Listen to my full conversation with American Idol contestant Gianna Isabella below.