MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– A local radio station is making headlines for a fundraising effort. “Chaz and AJ in the Morning” started a “GoFundMe” page to raise money for a “severance package” aimed at encouraging Governor Dannel Malloy to resign.
When Chaz and AJ don’t like you, they can be relentless. Today’s show began with a list of “Top ten things we don’t like about Governor Malloy.”
There are plenty of laughs along the way, too. In fact, the whole thing started as a joke, then got serious.
“Everybody is on the same page with it’s time for the Gov to go. Gov’s gotta go,” Chaz said.
The GoFundMe page they started is actually called “Gov’s Gotta Go.” Governor Malloy would get the money if he agrees to resign. They are aware that it probably won’t work.
“Even if it doesn’t, at least we are harnessing the energy in this state,” Chaz said.
Comments are flooding in to the GoFundMe page, and listeners keep calling in. Here’s a sample of what some said this morning:
“Our taxes mean nothing to him. It’s his. It’s his to spend the way he wants and stuff,” said one caller.
“Yeah, guys, how about he’s taking the state pension fund and trying to drop it on the local towns?” said another.
A nine year old girl called in. Her mother told her to watch her language when asked how she felt about Malloy. “He’s a bleeping jerk,” she said. Chaz burst out laughing.
In response to the fundraising efforts, Governor Malloy released this statement:
“We understand that the on-air characters that “shock jocks” play are meant to be entertaining with their outlandish antics. But the reality is, for state leaders and for most taxpayers, the state budget is a very serious matter. And the people of this state are counting on us to remain focused on the task at hand and to not be sidetracked by such silly stunts. To that end, the administration continues to work with legislative leaders in earnest toward a budget that puts Connecticut on the right track.”
“His administration’s been a silly stunt,” responded Chaz.
“Those shock jock antics of ours,” added AJ
“Yeah – 1982 called,” Chaz added. “They want their catch phrase back.”
They have now expanded into bumper stickers with the date Malloy is scheduled to leave office, and more than a hundred people have donated money to get that date moved up. Their goal is one billion dollars, and of course none of it is actually going to happen. There is talk about eventually donating the money raised to the toy drive Chaz & AJ hold every December.