New Jersey Transit is shutting down the AC to Philly train line for four months, effective September 4, to install safety systems I think they were supposed to put in months ago? The line needs to close not for the work to happen, but so they can move personnel from here to the north, to help run additional services while work happens up there. NJTransit knows better than anyone how the North/South divide works in New Jersey. Anyway, here’s our piece from almost two years ago on the commuters that use the rail line.
Meanwhile, in Atlantic City, the “pop up” Trump museum is a regular fixture on Sundays outside the former Trump Plaza. Read about it here.
The Army Corps of Engineers is having an event in Ventnor next month on back-bay flooding.
A woman in Franklin Borough had the police called on her, by an employee of the borough, after she refused to stop breastfeeding in public. The police knew the law anyway.
The spokesman for ICE in New Jersey has a funny history as an editor. You know, funny!
For more feats of journalism from across our region, see below:
Coughlin publicly endorses marijuana legalization–Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin gave a full-throated endorsement of marijuana legalization on Friday, telling listeners of his monthly “Ask the Speaker” radio call-in program that his chamber is working on two bills to expand New Jersey’s medical marijuana program and legalize recreational use. www.politico.com
N.J. sought more money to protect voting machines from hackers. Republicans in Congress said no.–New Jersey's voting machines are among the nation's most vulnerable to hacking, and state officials asked Congress for more money to protect their equipment. www.nj.com
FEDERAL MOVE COULD UNDERMINE MURPHY CLEAN-ENERGY POLICIES–With two new laws this spring promoting nuclear and clean energy the Murphy administration moved aggressively to combat climate change, but a decision by a federal agency may end up thwarting those policies. www.njspotlight.com
LEGALIZING MARIJUANA IN NJ: WHERE’S THE BILL, WHO BENEFITS, WHO PAYS?–Gov. Phil Murphy said marijuana would be legal in New Jersey within his first 100 days in office. www.njspotlight.com
Another Shoe Drops In Washington Township: Deputy Mayor Resigns Amid Controversy Over Alleged Security Breaches–Daniel James, a 15-year Washington Township committeeman, resigned last week from the governing body as information seeped out that some of the municipality’s most sensitive documents were recently reported missing and/or tampered with—the latest development in a widening controversy at town hall that has already seen two other resignations. pinebarrenstribune.com