Marine’s stance on Mat­tis draws fire. A mem­ber of

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Congress who served as a Marine in Iraq said he has been called “ev­ery­thing you can un­der the sun” by fel­low vet­er­ans for his de­ci­sion to op­pose re­tired Marine Gen. James Mat­tis be­com­ing de­fense sec­re­tary, but he stands by his choice.

Rep. Ruben Gal­lego, D.-Ariz., who be­came a con­gress­man last year, said he has been in­sulted re­peat­edly by fel­low com­bat vet­er­ans, with some in­ac­cu­rately call­ing him “POG,” a de­ri­sive acro­nym that stands for “per­son other than grunt” and im­plies he did not serve in the in­fantry. Oth­ers called him a “Blue Fal­con,” a term de­scrib­ing some­one who turns on a friend for their own per­sonal gain.

“Marines in gen­eral are the harsh­est crit­ics of other Marines,” Gal­lego said, adding that he doesn’t take it per­son­ally. “I’ve been told what I can do with dif­fer­ent parts of my body ori­fices to my­self.”

Gal­lego, whose district in­cludes Phoenix, an­nounced Mon­day that he was op­pos­ing Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump’s nom­i­na­tion of Mat­tis as de­fense sec­re­tary be­cause he be­lieves “strongly in the prin­ci­ple of civil­ian lead­er­ship of the mil­i­tary.” He is one of the only mem­bers of Congress to come out openly against Mat­tis run­ning the Pen­tagon.

new brunswick, n.j. » Joe Piscopo’s Frank Si­na­tra im­pres­sion, made fa­mous from his days on “Satur­day Night Live,” has got­ten an up­date.

It’s no longer “New York, New York” but “N.J., N.J.” that the ac­tor, standup comic and po­ten­tial 2017 Repub­li­can can­di­date for gover­nor is now croon­ing.

Piscopo per­formed the up­dated song — lyrics in­cluded “my New York and Philly blues are melt­ing away” — at a re­cent char­ity event for the Boys and Girls Club in New Jersey, where his flir­ta­tion with run­ning for gover­nor to suc­ceed in­cum­bent Repub­li­can Chris Christie when his term ends in 2018 is out in the open.

Piscopo, 65, gained fame as a mem­ber of the “SNL” cast, im­per­son­at­ing fel­low Jersey na­tive Si­na­tra as well as latenight host Dave Let­ter­man.

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