The Senate and Assembly primary races are on track to become the most expensive in New Jersey’s history, NJ Spotlight reports. One of the battlegrounds is here in South Jersey: Stephen Sweeney and his running mates have raised $2.4 million, spent $1.4 million and have $970,000 left in the bank. Not bad for a part of the state with above-average unemployment and poverty rates.
What has the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority been up to? The State Auditor’s Office began a probe of CRDA’s finances and performance last year and it is – just about – wrapping up, after a longer-than-expected investigation, Route 40 reports.
New Jersey lawmakers are considering legislation that would make it easier for sober-living houses to get local land-use approval, NJ Spotlight reports. Atlantic County’s Bill Schmincke of Stop The Heroin ta
lks in the piece about the need for sober-living facilities (which Stop the Heroin operates in our area). The piece looks at how many New Jersey communities realize the extent of the opioid crisis, but have a “not in our backyard” response to planning applications from treatment facilities – and even sober-living homes. We’ve written a little bit about the differing response from South Jersey communities before. When a recent Atlantic City application to open a 26-bed detox clinic came before the city’s zoning board, it was unanimously approved with many board members commenting on how great the need was for such a facility. Meanwhile, our NJ News Commons colleague Matt Skoufalos of NJPen, has documented a battle around turning a green space into a rehabilitation center.
In the rest of the news from the last 24 hours, there’s a push to stop diversions from the state’s clean energy fund, it could get really hot later this week, the Atlantic City Seafood festival is moving to a new venue, and while the Atlantic City council delayed, the state went ahead and privatized its trash collection anyway. All that and more below:ounduplink id=”29014″ title=”Senators File Suit in State Superior Court to Stop State House RenovationsEdit”]