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We have to draw the line someplace with all the pesticides being used by the farmers. ---->>>

Material things don't matter. ---->>>

All my life, I've been winning, ok? ---->>>

Bill Clinton told me that when he was 14, he shook John Kennedy's hand, and that inspired him to be president. ---->>>

Everyone - whether it's the Jews, the Greeks, the Catholics - everybody is entitled to religious beliefs and entitled to their traditions. ---->>>

I want to inspire people. ---->>>

Pizza is no longer on my diet. ---->>>

One mentor I had taught me that people do what you inspect, not necessarily what you expect. In other words, if nobody is watching, there will be some slack off. ---->>>

Nobody destroys people - people destroy themselves, and it's very, very sad. ---->>>

Am I a Republican? Yes. Am I a Democrat? Yes. Am I a conservative? Yes. Am I a liberal? Yes. ---->>>

America always recovers. ---->>>

Americans like buying American vs. buying from Chavez or buying from the Middle East. ---->>>

Anytime you cut food stamps, it naturally affects sales. People spend less. ---->>>

As mayor, I would support law enforcement, not knock it down. ---->>>

Grocery stores can't afford to pay $80 a square foot. At that rate, we are going out of business. ---->>>

I am a real New Yorker... I didn't go to Harvard, I didn't go to Yale... I rooted for the Yankees; I didn't root for the Boston Red Sox. ---->>>

I believe business has to do well and that the surrounding communities do well. ---->>>

I believe that all people that are successful should pay back their cities, their states, their towns, our country. ---->>>

I care about making New York better. ---->>>

I could be like Joe Kennedy and say, 'My kids are going to run for president!' ---->>>

I could have beat Obama. ---->>>

I grew up on 135th Street. I grew up on the poor side of New York. I grew up in Harlem. ---->>>

I have a love factor with the minorities. ---->>>

I just want to reflect the respect I have for animals. ---->>>

I love people. I enjoy people. ---->>>

I made a ton of money. ---->>>

I promoted myself as a fusion ticket. I was running as a Republican liberal. ---->>>

I respect John Kennedy for saying that he had a dream that we'd go to the moon before the end of the decade. ---->>>

I started in the supermarket business in the early '70s. And by '75, '76, I realized you don't have a business unless you own the real estate. ---->>>

I think New York is destined to have a Democratic mayor, and I want Freddy Ferrer to be that mayor. ---->>>

I think the rich should pay more in taxes - I agree with that 100 percent - but everybody should feel the pain a little bit. ---->>>

I was a Clinton Democrat for twenty years. ---->>>

I was a Mitt Romney Republican because he was pro-business. ---->>>

I'm a Bill Clinton social Republican. ---->>>

I'm a New York businessman. ---->>>

I'm a visionary. I'm not a maintenance person. ---->>>

I'm not a Johnny-come-lately Jew. I've been around. I watch out for the Jews; I watch out for the Catholics. ---->>>

I'm not a Mike Bloomberg billionaire. ---->>>

I'm the same businessman Donald Trump is. ---->>>

I'm tough, but I have a heart. ---->>>

It is tough that a lot of kids have single-family homes. ---->>>

It seems everyone knows the value of a cantaloupe or a quart of milk. ---->>>

It will be almost impossible for any other candidate to raise the money that the Clintons can raise. ---->>>

My father died in '97. But at least he lived until 93, so he saw my success. ---->>>

My life would be better without Gristedes. ---->>>

New York is for everybody; it's for the poor, it's for the middle-class, it's for the wealthy. We can't punish any one group and chase them away. ---->>>

New York never felt the recession. New York never felt a depression. ---->>>

People tell me, 'You better lose weight if you want to run for mayor.' I said, 'I got the Chris Christie look.' ---->>>

The Fresh Direct model doesn't work. ---->>>

The media doesn't always reflect reality. ---->>>

There are two New Yorks - Manhattan and everything else. I'm a Manhattanite. I feel sorry for those people who aren't. ---->>>

We are teaching kids to fail. We need to teach our kids to succeed. ---->>>

What transpired at Semgroup was no less than a $500 billion fraud on the people of the world. ---->>>

What's worse than getting divorced? ---->>>

While in my late teens and in my 20s, I worked seven days a week, 20 hours a day. I worked my tail off. ---->>>

You have to work at everything. You've got to make it work. ---->>>

I put $5 million into the real-estate business when the world was coming to an end, and three years later, by 1980, I woke up and was worth a hundred. That's a lot of money back then. ---->>>

I'm not ashamed of being successful. You know, they criticized Romney for being ashamed of it. I think we've got to inspire our kids that we shouldn't be ashamed to be successful. ---->>>

The reason I grew so fast in the supermarket business, without help of the banks in those days, was through my vendors. I convinced my vendors, the companies I was doing business with, if I did more business, they would do more business. ---->>>

When the commodities go up and the cost of transportation is going up, and the value of the dollar is going down, it's all going to translate to an 8 to 10 percent rise in food prices. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: Greek
Born: 09-07, 1948
Birthplace: Nisyros, Greece
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Occupation: Businessman
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John A. Catsimatidis (born September 7, 1948) is a Greek-American billionaire businessman and radio talk show host. He is the owner, president, chairman, and CEO of Gristedes Foods, the largest grocery chain in Manhattan, and the Red Apple Group, a real estate and aviation company with about $700 million to $800 million in holdings in New York, Florida, and the U (wikipedia)