Christie is special guest at annual clambake

Christie coming to NE: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be the special guest at the annual Billy Meehan Clambake this Sunday at Cannstatter’s. Other guests will include U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey and state Sen. Scott Wagner. PHOTO: FACEBOOK / CHRIS CHRISTIE

The annual Billy Meehan Clambake will take place on Sunday, Aug. 28, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Cannstatter’s, 9130 Academy Road.

The special guest will be New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Other guests will include U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey and state Sen. Scott Wagner, a possible candidate for governor in 2018.

The event is a fundraiser for the Philadelphia Republican Party. The cost is $100.


News Talk 990 AM WNTP will sponsor Decision 2016: America in the Balance on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Holy Family University’s Campus Center building, 9801 Frankford Ave.

The guests will be nationally syndicated talk show hosts Mike Gallagher, Dennis Prager and Hugh Hewitt and Academy Award-winning actor Jon Voight.

Tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance.

There will also be a VIP reception from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Union League Golf Club at Torresdale, 3801 Grant Ave. Tickets cost $40.

For tickets to one or both events or more information, call 610–940–0990 or go to


The deadline is Oct. 11 to register to vote in the Nov. 8 election, and RSVP Philadelphia and Hadassah are sponsoring a voter-registration drive on three upcoming Wednesdays.

People wanting to register are welcome to visit KleinLife, 10100 Jamison Ave., on Sept. 7 and 21 and Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to noon.

For additional information, call RSVP Philadelphia at 267–345–7787.


The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO has announced its endorsements across Pennsylvania.

The union is backing 161 Democrats and 10 Republicans.

Statewide, the endorsed candidates are Democrats Hillary Clinton for president, Katie McGinty for U.S. Senate, Josh Shapiro for attorney general, Eugene DePasquale for auditor general and Joe Torsella for treasurer.

The AFL-CIO is also supporting U.S. Rep. Bob Brady and state Sen. John Sabatina Jr.

In local races for state representative, the union is backing incumbents Tom Murt, Kevin Boyle and John Taylor and challenger Matt Darragh.

Murt and Taylor are among the few Republicans with the union’s support. Darragh is challenging Rep. Martina White.


The state Fraternal Order of Police last week endorsed U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey for re-election.

The group represents more than 40,000 law enforcement officers.

“As a current member of the U.S. Senate and a former U.S. congressman, you have proven your commitment to the citizens of our state. You have also shown a strong allegiance to the law enforcement community by fighting for legislation that helps protect law enforcement officers while on and off duty,” state FOP president Les Neri wrote in a letter to Toomey.

“Whether it’s ensuring they have the defensive gear they need to protect themselves and the public, aiding the families of fallen officers, or even simply speaking out against those who scapegoat the community, I will remain dedicated to helping the law enforcement community,” Toomey said.

Toomey has also been endorsed by the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association, International Association of Police Associations, the National Association of Police Organizations, the Council of Prison Locals C-33 and Philadelphia Fire Fighters and Paramedics Union Local 22.


Republicans condemned Kathleen Kane, who resigned last week as state attorney general after being convicted of leaking secret grand jury information to the Philadelphia Daily News to discredit former state prosecutor Frank Fina, her archrival.

Donald Trump’s Pennsylvania campaign linked Kane to Hillary Clinton. Kane worked on Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign.

“It is unsurprising that yet another Clinton insider has chosen to lie under oath to hide their unethical behavior. There is a pattern of criminal behavior that seems to follow Clinton and her allies around. This is another example of ‘Clinton World’ promising ethical behavior and yet not following through. No one running for the highest office in the land should be above the law, but Hillary Rodham Clinton has chosen to set the precedent for lying criminals like Kathleen Kane instead,” said David Urban, a senior adviser to Trump’s Pennsylvania campaign.

State Sen. John Rafferty, the Republican nominee for attorney general, said, “The next attorney general must steer the office away from the culture of chaos and petty political vendettas and return its focus to doing the important work of protecting Pennsylvanians from crime, fraud and abuse. When I am elected attorney general, I will provide the leadership necessary to provide for the protection of people from crimes over politics.”


Hillary for Pennsylvania last week launched Pennsylvania African-Americans for Hillary, supporting her pledge to make the largest investment in good-paying jobs since World War II in her first 100 days in office.

“From his ludicrous claims about President Obama’s birth to failing to distance himself from the KKK, Donald Trump would bring our country back to its ugliest days — he would Make America Hate Again. There’s so much at stake in this election, especially for African-Americans. As someone who has spent decades fighting for equality, Hillary Clinton will be a voice for justice and opportunity as president,” said City Councilwoman Cherelle Parker.

The group contends that Trump lacks a specific agenda to help blacks.

“African-Americans have so much to lose if Donald Trump becomes president. While Hillary Clinton has been fighting for justice and equality her whole life, Trump doesn’t understand our community or the total disaster he’d be for us. We will work every day to stop this divisive and hateful bully. Hillary Clinton has a plan to reinvest in our neighborhoods so they grow and thrive, and that’s why I’m with her,” said state Rep. Dwight Evans. ••