A Charismatic Bird, A Pilot Challenge Dies and Labor Pains – Wednesday’s Roundup!

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A Charismatic Bird
The Press of AC has a cool story about the bird believed to be New Jersey’s oldest osprey. He’s down in Maurice River Township and arrived a little later than expected to the nest this year, but he returned.

Atlantic County has dropped its challenge to the PILOT, AC Primetime reports. Under a tentative agreement, the county would get 11.95% of the annual casino payment, sted the 13.5% Chris Christie once promised, though the actual percentage will vary over the next ten years, Mel Taylor reports.

$3.3 Billion
The busybodies at the Giffords Law Center estimated that gun violence costs New Jersey $3.3 billion per year by the time you’ve added up health care, lost income, law enforcement etc. expenses and “reduced quality of life attributable to pain and suffering” (h/t to the valuable NJ Spotlight).

“New Jersey has the sixth-lowest number of gun deaths per capita among the states,” per the report.

He Got It Last Time Too
Tom MacArthur got the endorsement of the New Jersey State Building & Construction Trades Council because of course he did. I mean, if there’s one thing I know about Republican financiers it’s that they love labor rights.

Speaking of William Mullen, the new executive director of the CRDA, Matt Doherty, sat down with NJ Advance media to talk about Atlantic City and I’d be lying to you if I said it set my world on fire, but it’s worth reading. By all means. “There’s truly an opportunity for a rebirth of an urban area like Atlantic City and now’s the time,” Doherty said. Springsteen wrote that “maybe everything that dies someday comes back” line in 1982 and it’s like it’s been “someday” every six months for the last 36 years.

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