Walmart Plaza Details, Mapping NJ Immigration, $50 mln For Taj – Tuesday’s Roundup

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Walmart Plaza Details
What else is going into the new Walmart plaza along the Black Horse Pike in Egg Harbor Townships? We’re willing to bet you could probably guess the likely retail: yup, there’s a cellphone store (T-Mobile) and a nail salon (because 21st century strip mall). But there’s also a Starbucks, which I could see becoming a meeting spot for a lot of on-the-road sales people around here. Laura Stetser has the details.

Mapping Immigration
Last week we wrote about New Jersey teachers working with students who speak foreign languages at home. During the reporting process for that piece, we found the state’s Department of Education keeps data on the numbers of students in each school district that need English-language assistance. We decided to map that data over time and across the state. You can see the interactive map here. What’s interesting is how most Atlantic County districts have seen a decline in their immigrant school-going population over the data period (2010-2016). And what’s going on in Ocean City? There’s been a four-fold increase in the number of students there that are classed as “limited English proficient” (LEP). It’s a small district, and that seems like a demographic shift.

Port Republic, by Devon Elizabeth Photography on Instagram.

$50 Mln for Taj
The Jingoli and Morris team got the Taj Mahal casino for a steal – just $50 million, according to financial filings and reported by Nicholas Huba here. It’s going to cost them at least eight times that amount to reopen the property, which means jobs. According to Huba’s report for The Press of Atlantic City, they’ve already hired more than 20 people.

In the rest of the news from the last 24 hours, read about this Camden County program in which prisoners foster shelter dogs for adoption by local veterans, Gov. Christie used his veto power and is fighting with police and fire unions over pensions, here’s why it’s so hard to get a New Jersey liquor license, oh, and the Ocean City housing authority director pleaded guilty to embezzling thousands of dollars. All that and more below:

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