Transportation in New Jersey is a nightmare, a joke and very, very strange. Get into it with Mike Davis.
Mike Davis & Ryan Ross
For those of you wondering about the weirdo at the top of your screen, my name is Mike Davis. For the better part of two years, I’ve covered transportation in New Jersey — or, as I call it, “everything that moves” — for the Asbury Park Press and APP.com.
Until last winter, the highlight was always a weekly transportation column called…well, let’s just refer to it as The Column That Must Not Be Named.
I loved it.
I wrote about important issues like neverending road projects (the Exit 91 Chronicles began there) and the state’s refusal to commit to mass transit (I compared Gov. Chris Christie to Ric Flair, strutting and “woo”ing after narrowly avoiding an NJ Transit strike).
And I teamed those kinds of stories up with looks at all the very, very weird stuff that makes New Jersey transportation such a very, very weird topic. Rubbernecking. A highway sign telling drivers to “dump bodies.” Making fun of my own parents when they stalled their truck out in a flood.
AND DON’T FORGET: I crashed in motorcycle class…and still passed.
Last year, for very “important” reasons (read as: “legal”), we had to let The Column That Must Not Be Named go.
But I just couldn’t let this dead column die.
Every other Monday, beginning Aug. 21, you can watch my new video series “Shortcuts with Mike Davis.” Think of it like The Column That Must Not Be Named, but you get to watch me make an angry, ridiculous fool of myself.
I’d love for Shortcuts to be as reader-driven as possible, just like The Column. So please: Email me your questions, comments, ideas, angry rants and together we can dive…