Captain Carl Wants a Parking Lot – Monday’s Roundup

Captain Carl Wants a Parking Lot
Buried in the middle of the Press of AC’s story on why redevelopment of the Trump Plaza is “critical” to the future of Atlantic City, comes an announcement from Nick Talvacchia on plans for the vacant lot that will be created when the casino is torn down. Nicky T. is serving as attorney for billionaire Carl (“Friend of Donald”) Icahn who wants his $5.6 million back, so he can do site work on his moldering casino. He should get that money, the Press of AC reports, citing “industry watchers” who note that while Captain Carl may be unpopular, knocking down the Plaza is in the best interest of the city. So what’s Carl going to build on the old Plaza? 160-space parking lot! I’m told Millennials love parking lots.

More about:

Locals Deported, Norcross is Having a Fundraiser and Jobs Protectors are Supporting the Media – Friday’s Roundup

Bridgetonians Deported
Longtime Bridgeton residents Oscar and Humberta Campos are being deported after last-minute appeal efforts failed. They’ve lived here almost 30 years, have a house and a small biz, The Courier-Post reported. They also have three kids–ages 24, 22 and 15–who are citizens and will stay. The oldest son is going through the legal process to take care of the 15-year old. Oscar and Humberta had a flight this morning at 5 a.m. out of Newark.

More about:

You’re in the Wrong Business Parts I, II and III in Thursday’s Roundup

You’re in the Wrong Business
If you’re an insurance broker, you can make a bundle selling plans to “public entities” like school systems or fire departments, which “employ hundreds of thousands of workers across the state.” So it makes sense that you should report your campaign contributions–and the value of those public contracts–to election officials, so we can all calculate your return on investment. But what if you don’t WANT to disclose those payments, because they’ll look funny for your industry, or for the elected officials who are supposed to be not-corrupt? Well turn’s out there’s a loophole that will get you out of that disclosure! Problem solved, citizen, Problem solved.

More about:

Pipeline Payback! Papa Smurf! And the Latest in Our Crumbling Infrastructure, in Wednesday’s Roundup

Historically unpopular lame-duck governor Chris Christie is replacing a guy “considered one of the strongest conservationists” on the Pinelands Commission with Ed McGlinchey, who is not. Environmental advocates say the ousting of environmental lawyer Ed Lloyd, who’s served on the panel since 2002, is retaliation for Lloyd’s votes against the pipelines. Where would they get that idea? The Burlington County Times reports.

More about:

Bribing Doctors With Strippers, Fun with Public Money and More, in Tuesday’s Roundup

Ted Sherman reports on the dude behind the medical fraud conspiracy believed to have netted “the largest number of medical professionals ever prosecuted in a federal bribery case.”

David Nicoll, the guy behind Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services, “provided prostitutes to at least five physicians in exchange for blood work orders.” Other doctors he just sent to Key West to go fishing. Or they got fancy cars. Or Katy Perry tickets or Super Bowl tickets. Etc.

More about:

Child Predators, Sports Betting and More in Monday’s Roundup

Seventy-nine people (a loose designation) were arrested on charges ranging from “child trafficking to sexual assault, and manufacturing child pornography to possession of child pornography,” Matt Arco reports. Arrests include a Trenton police officer and an Air Force Captain. AG Chris Porrino said child sexual abuse was a “horrific problem” that doesn’t “appear to be subsiding.”

More about:

Shaking Beach Houses, Snowy Owl Explosions and the First Hypothetical Millennial Watch of 2017 in Friday’s Roundup

True Fact about Route 40: We have a bona fide earthquake-story reporter on staff in the form of Elinor, who was Reuters correspondent in Mexico City for five years and reported on many, many “sismos” as we used to call them down there.

El’s job was to stay in the big, swaying skyscraper and write “snaps” as the building was evacuated. I know because I once rode my bike over to the office three miles to make sure it was still standing, after our apartment started rocking and the power went out.

More about:

Sweeney vs. Captain Carl and More – Tuesday’s Roundup

Late Capitalism
Senate President Steve Sweeney said our beloved CRDA should not, repeat NOT, be giving Carl Icahn $5.6 million to pay for site work at the Trump Plaza he closed and let molder for 3+ years, the Observer’s Christian (“We miss you”) Hetrick reported. In a “harshly-worded statement” (Christian’s words) Sweeney said Icahn was “no friend to Atlantic City” and that he had “serious questions about allowing him to take $5.6 million in funds intended to promote economic development for the city and its residents and instead use the money for his own property.” “But that’s EXACTLY what CRDA’s for!” the Howler said. Icahn, the noted populist billionaire and Princeton University Snowflake, has been in Atlantic City only a short time, but he’s already left a mark.

More about:

New Jerseyish Doings Right Here on Albany Avenue and More in Monday’s Roundup

New Jerseyish
A week ago ROI-NJ reported that Melissa Orsen, the chief executive of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, had resigned and was expected to be named general counsel for South Jersey Industries, whose headquarters are moving right here to Albany Avenue (aka Route 40!). Today Politico follows up with the fun addendum that SJI subsidiary South Jersey Gas was awarded $12.6 million to move from Folsom to A.C. in August 2015, a few months after she became EDA chief. Everyone sees that looks weird, right? Apathy is the disease. Corruption is the symptom.

More about: