Red Mascara, who became New Jersey’s most persistent lobbyist with his 55-year bid to make a ditty he had written the official song of the state of Sinatra and Springsteen, died on June 20 at his home in Phillipsburg, N.J. He was 92.
He came closest to his goal in 1972, when the Legislature passed a bill recognizing “I’m From New Jersey” as the official state song. Mr. Mascara had hired a band to play it from the gallery of the Assembly chamber. But Gov. William Cahill vetoed it, telling reporters that the only thing worse than that song was hearing Mr. Mascara sing it. [via]
Tough audience, Red. They tend to get kinda in-your-face-y in Jersey. The current pinguid Governor carries on the tradition.
But give Red Mascara credit for his efforts. Maybe now a heavenly choir will do it justice, and Red will have Eternal Attitude. Yo — Eternal Peace don’t cut it for Jersey.