A Turkey for Carl and More in Today’s Roundup

Ivy League Snowflake Gets Free Stuff
Noted Princeton alumnus Carl Icahn, who’s worth an estimated $16.4 billion and probably recently abused his position as adviser to the president to manipulate futures markets, was given preliminary approval from the CRDA for $5.6 million to pay for the demolition of the Trump Plaza, the indefatigable Wayne Parry of the AP reports. CRDA Chairman Bob Mulcahy supported the holiday turkey for the billionaire, reportedly saying, “That land could be very valuable.” They love their vacant lots. Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian, who naturally has far-less say in the matter than Mulcahy, was opposed to the handout. “…[W]hy are they asking us for $5.6 million?

Carl Icahn Goes to the CRDA, Fight for $15 and More – Tuesday’s Roundup

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Gov.-elect Phil Murphy pledged to support raising the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour, from the current $8.44 per hour. “This is as high on the priority list as anything we’ve got,” Murphy said, Politico reports. Free to those who can afford it… Noted billionaire (and former special regulatory adviser to President Trump) Carl Icahn is seeking public funds for the demolition of Trump Plaza, the Press of AC’s Nick Huba reports. The CRDA is scheduled to talk about the project at today’s board meeting at 2 pm.

Rezoning Train Stations, VA Report, Casinos – Thursday’s Roundup

One of Atlantic County’s most criminally untapped resources is its train line connection to Philadelphia. (Of course, part of the reason it’s criminally untapped is because years of under-investment have rendered the train service infrequent and slow.) Now a new report published Tuesday by the Regional Plan Association says that local zoning that prohibits multifamily development outside train stations is a major obstacle to expanding transit-oriented development, particularly in New Jersey.

NJEA Money, Revel Beach – Wednesday’s Roundup

A significant chunk of the $5.7 million spent on the past election by the NJEA’s Garden State Forward super PAC came from membership dues. “Many members were under the impression that the money spent on the race was only from voluntary donations,” found NJTV’s Leah Mishkin.

Pharmaceutical Probe, Guns, Sports Gaming Cos – Tuesday’s Roundup

A pharmaceutical sales representative from Galloway on Monday became the 11th person to plead guilty in an ongoing investigation into health insurance fraud in South Jersey. Most of the guilty pleas so far have come from pharmaceutical reps and other people who are not public employees, as Amy Rosenberg reports for The Inquirer. The investigation, however, hinges around millions of dollars in prescriptions that were written for teachers, police and firemen in and around this area, according to documents released by the U.S. attorney’s office for the district of New Jersey.

AC Ballots, More Election Money – Tuesday’s Roundup

uperior Court Judge Julio Mendez on  Monday denied a request by Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian’s campaign to be present when the county’s 6,100 vote-by-mail ballots are reviewed by staff of the Board of Elections, reports Amy Rosenberg for The Inquirer. The campaign had wanted to challenge ballots it contends were improperly submitted – but Mendez did set some particular requirements on the election board to safeguard mail-in ballot documentation.

Nucky Would Be Proud, Voter Turnout, CHIP – Monday’s Roundup

If you read one review of the Atlantic City and County election campaign shenanigans this season, make it this one by The Inquirer’s Amy Rosenberg: Why Atlantic City-area elections this year would make Nucky Johnson Proud. (Separately, we’re following up our weekend look at financial contributions to the NJ 2nd district’s campaigns with a look at expenditures and in-kind contributions. Stay tuned.)

Following The Money, Buy A Bar, Pot Policy – Friday’s Roundup

NJSpotlight has an interactive map so you can see how much your neighbors have contributed toward the gubernatorial race this year. Meanwhile, in other election-money news, there were allegations of voter fraud at the Atlantic County Board of Elections last night, and you can read more about that via The Press of Atlantic City.

Bar For Sale Near Future University Campus

As the Stockton University and South Jersey Gas buildings have been rising a block away, there’s been some new interest in the closed bar on the corner of Harrisburg and Atlantic Aves in Atlantic City.

Trump Plaza, Ballot Questions, Brainstorming AC – Thursday’s Roundup

Trump Plaza will most likely be demolished, and although that’s something a lot of people have been saying for a while, NJ Advance spoke to Dale Finch in Atlantic City’s planning department and learned they are clearing out the interior. The question is what will happen to the land and whether Carl Icahn will sell it after demolition?

Campaign $$$, Hard Rock $$$, Pipeline State- Wednesday’s Roundup

The Inquirer’s Amy Rosenberg rode along with some private investigators hired by Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian’s campaign to look into the use of messenger ballots by Democrats in the city. The investigators found at least one person received $30 for signing for a messenger ballot in the name of a stranger and – instead of handing the ballot over to the named stranger (as required by law) – the person handed it over to Atlantic City Democratic activist Craig Callaway.