Phil Murphy fired back at Texas Governor Greg Abbott after Abbott wrote yesterday that New Jerseyans should consider moving to Texas because the taxes are lower there. This reminds me of the time some Texas state troopers saw a big bird in the sky and word got out the Jersey Devil had for some reason fled to Brownsville and my grandmother had to intervene to stop these people from Smithville (“the Concerned Citizens for the Return of the Jersey Devil”) who were going to fly down there in a hot-air balloon to retrieve our local cryptid. My grandmother was from old Leeds Point “Bay People” stock and she loved to sit around and listen to millionaires complain about their taxes. God I miss her. Elsewhere in immigration, undocumented persons paid more than $14 million in taxes in Atlantic County in 2017, and they paid $587 million statewide, according to a report that was no doubt compiled by liberals.
CRDA has agreed to chip in $4.325 million in hazard pay to ensure the Miss America Pageant will be held in Atlantic City this year, everyone reports. Kudos to Amy Kuperinski for linking to that image of the board of directors. Amy Rosenberg points out they denied a request for $50K to expand a community gardening project. I’m not mathemagician but $50K is $0.050 million, right? In related news, the governor of Texas says you should move there because the taxes are lower.
Hard Rock’s going before the CRDA today to seek both preliminary and final site approval for their project to redo the Taj Mahal and does it seem weird to do preliminary and final at the same time? It seemed weird to Jim Kennedy – the former CRDA head – who tweeted, “I’m a big fan of Hard Rock Atlantic City. But, it’s just wrong for the CRDA to conduct a same day Preliminary & Final Site Plan approval process. The reason there is a two step process is it’s a deliberative process.” We called the CRDA spokespeople for comment, but they never get back to us. I wouldn’t get back to us either.
Why was President George W. Bush at the Borgata yesterday? Lynda Cohen knows. Is she going to tell us? What are you hiding, Lynda? PSE&G finally got its big subsidy bill, referred to euphemistically here as a “clean-energy” bill.
The world-famous Atlantic City boardwalk appears (wiggle word) about to get a little longer, according to a first-hand analysis by yrstrly at Route 40, who just took a bike ride down to 101 Boardwalk, which is a gem by the way. (Did you know it was designed by the Army Corps of Engineers to be hurricane-proof? I’m talking about the semi-circle between New Hampshire and Oriental Avenue.)
But this new stretch of boardwalk – from the corner of Oriental, down to about Grammercy – is very clearly not officially open to the public. In fact a sign says “DANGER” “DO NOT ENTER” and “AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY” but that sign was being roundly ignored by pedestrians Thursday who were out enjoying the weather, and the opportunity offered by whom or whatever had pushed the barrier out of the way. I counted four or five (pedestrians), and one dog.
Taxing millionaires is supposed to chase them off to South Carolina, where they live together in a big mangrove swamp and swim in piles of money all day, but that’s not what actually happens according to this report, which alleges “even in New Jersey, migration of high-income taxpayers in response to ‘millionaire taxes’ has been relatively unimportant.”
Today’s big regional headline is a 22.5% increase in gross operating profit by Atlantic City’s casinos, which the A.P. calls “good news for the seaside gambling resort” and a “jackpot” for someone. Could have fooled me! Who are the six people left in Atlantic County who think casino profits still correlate with local happiness/security/contentment?
As devoted customers of the Pic-a-Lilli Pub in Atlantic City, we are sad to report that Kip is leaving as the manager, according to a FB post of his last week. Sorry we missed it, but the kids were on vacation. Also, due to budgetary concerns, Route 40 has had less disposable income to drop on tails (hot) on Friday nights, so we haven’t been in there so much. Kip–whose actual name is Pickett Russell IV–is one of the descendants of Pickett Russell Sr., who founded the original Pic-a-Lilli in on Route 206 in Shamong in the 1920s, according to that place’s website. In his FB post, he said there were “no hard feelings” and he hoped we–all of us, truly–would continue to enjoy the Pic.