American Dream, Turkeys, Homeless Vet – Tuesday’s Roundup

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Phil Murphy is scheduled to make an appearance at the former “Xanadu” property, now the “American Dream” mall up off the NJ Turnpike, with generous state support. “That’ll be the fifth NJ governor (McGreevey, Codey, Corzine, Christie Murphy) waiting for this thing to open.”

A few years ago, the valuable NJ Spotlight attempted to put a price tag on the public financing of the Xanadon’t, which included $390 in tax incentives from the EDA, a local redevelopment incentive worth up to $800 million and an $185 million government-funded rail line.

Also, it’s a mall.

This is from a few days ago, but god I love turkeys. These were causing some “traffic” in Cape May County and some state troopers manged to get them in their SUV and move them to a safer, less-trafficked area. The bird just jumps in the back when a dumpster drives by. Bonkers.

Kate McClure and Mark D’Amico, two Burlington County residents who raised $400,000 on GoFundMe for a homeless vet who gave them $20, went on the TODAY Show yesterday to defend themselves from accusations they’ve misused/stolen the money from Johnny Bobbitt, the vet, who is living on the street again.

McClure and D’Amico say Bobbitt burned through $25,000 in 13 days, spending the money on drugs. D’Amico admitted he used $500 to gamble but said he paid it back. GoFundMe gets a $30,000 fee for its role. Who knew dealing with substance abuse could be so complicated? Everyone–pretty much everyone.

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