Video Contest Features Bayonne

Mayor Mark A. Smith announced that a video shot in Bayonne in late September was entered into a contest sponsored by Jauntaroo, a travel company, for choosing its Chief World Explorer. The winner will take a trip around the world while producing travel videos and information for Jauntaroo. The Bayonne video’s producer, Mickey Mangan, visited this city on September 25. He conducted interviews with Mayor Smith and several other Bayonne residents, and shot scenes in various parts of the community. The video was filmed and edited in the space of 46 hours. Mayor Smith said, “I would like to thank Mickey Mangan for choosing Bayonne as the location for his second travel video. We appreciate the positive attention for Bayonne that his video is generating around the world. We wish him the best of luck as he continues in the Chief World Explorer contest.”
Mangan, a resident of Park Ridge, Illinois, a Chicago suburb, has produced two travel videos for Jauntaroo’s contest. Before coming to Bayonne, he produced a video in Cologne, Germany. Mangan spent the past year in Germany on a Congress-Bundestag scholarship, which is sponsored by the legislative branches of the American and German governments.
While in Bayonne, Mangan interviewed Mayor Smith in his office. He also spoke with Community Development Program administrator Samantha Howard, local businessman Ken Poesl, health educator Kim Martinez, Grace Lutheran Church Pastor Gary Grindeland, and Captain Bayonne, a local masked man. Bayonne scenes featured in the video include the Bayonne Bridge, DiDomenico-16th Street Park, Gregg-Bayonne County Park, Broadway, City Hall, Sarelli’s Restaurant, Grace Lutheran Church, and the Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor. Mangan said that he enjoyed Bayonne’s “smalltown feel,” and that he “actually did love the place.” He reported that people have become interested in Bayonne after seeing his video. To view Mangan’s Bayonne film on the Internet, go to
Jauntaroo has picked Mangan as one of its 50 Top Candidates to move ahead in the “Best Job Around the World” application process. More than 3,000 people from 99 countries applied to become Chief World Explorer. According to the company, “Jauntaroo’s Top 50 is comprised of candidates that secured impressive support from friends and family, displayed savvy social media skills, showcased engaging personalities and created captivating content.” Candidates will continue to secure support from family and friends by ‘Liking’ their video submissions since previous counts have been reset to zero. Each candidate submitted a 60-second video by September 15 to qualify for consideration. The initial round of 3,000 videos received more than 4.3 million views. From there, the Top 50 candidates were invited to make a second video submission – a webisode, including the one that Mangan made in Bayonne. The candidates’ webisodes are featured on the campaign site which is open for viewing by the general public who can also show support for favorite candidates by ‘Liking’ each submission.
The final step in the Chief World Explorer (CWE) selection process is identifying the Final 5 candidates that will be flown to a secret location for in-person interviews. Jauntaroo’s CWE will be announced mid-November and begin the role in January 2014. Jauntaroo, which launched in 2011, recommends travel destinations tailored to travelers’ interests and budgets.