New Jersey is considering curbing the lavish meals and other incentives handed out to doctors by pharmaceutical companies, reports the AP. New Jersey’s Attorney General Christopher Porrino held a public hearing in Newark on Thursday to discuss whether the incentives encourage doctors to prescribe highly-addictive medications such as opioids.
I was warned off cycling on the Atlantic City Boardwalk near Tropicana on Wednesday around 1.45 pm, where two patrol cars and four police were stopping cyclists. There are four hours during the winter when the Boardwalk (and only between Albany and Connecticut Aves) is closed to cyclists.
We had a fantastic time last night hanging with the Bungalow Park neighborhood posse for our Voting Block political potluck (we’ll be sharing that conversation soon). If you fancy gathering your neighbors and friends to talk NJ political issues over food and drink, find out here how you can host your own political potluck. Superstorm Sandy Steroids
“Up and down the New Jersey coastline, houses have gotten bigger, taller and, with few exceptions, pricier since Sandy pummeled the Shore on Oct. 29, 2012. Year-round ownership continues to decline as buyers snap up second homes, undeterred by the possibility of another devastating storm.”
Atlantic City’s Bungalow Park now has a new website and several videos that showcase the residential neighborhood, thanks to a grant from a New Jersey nonprofit that seeks to resell abandoned properties and “transform at-risk communities.”
The lawsuit filed by Atlantic County and municipal officials against Atlantic City and the state over property taxes is at a “critical stage” according to one of the parties who first filed the suit. Judge Mendez is expected to make a decision next month in the case that alleges the Casino Property Tax Stabilization Act (which allows the Atlantic City casinos and some other big properties to make a Payment In Lieu of Taxes – PILOT – rather than pay property taxes) is unconstitutional.
An arrest was made in connection to last week’s 14 overdoses from Fentanyl-laced heroin in Camden, NJTV reports. “One individual we saved was able to provide us info which gave us the ability to go back and find the individual distributing these packets of fentanyl-laced heroin and place him under arrest,” Scott Thomson, chief of Camden County Police Department, told NJTV.
Atlantic City’s casinos had a good September and the seven remaining properties recorded 4.1 percent higher monthly revenue than the eight properties (including the soon-to-shutter Taj Mahal) in September last year. For the year through September, however, revenue for all the casinos was up just 2.3 percent.
The Pinelands Commission’s Comprehensive Management Plan trumps local land-use laws and mining is not permitted in Pinelands “forest areas”, a state appellate court found yesterday. NJSpotlight reports that the court rejected a mining project that had been approved by a local planning board in Jackson Township.
A debate between candidates for New Jersey’s second legislative district (most of Atlantic County) had been scheduled for a month, but Republican candidate Chris Brown was a no-show. The Republicans had previously asked for the debate format to be changed, then cancelled on Tuesday.
‘Tis the season of elections (again), although based on our conversations with people for the Voting Block project, there’s a whole lot of apathy around the governor’s race in particular. Still, there’s a gubernatorial debate tonight and NJSpotlight has prepared everything you ever needed to know about the candidates, plus an interactive map of local races and a searchable campaign finance database.