Curbing Opioid Incentives, LD2 – Friday’s Roundup

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.

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Boardwalk Biking, Senate Race Funding, Cranberries – Thursday’s Roundup

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.

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Superstorm Sandy Steroids, Coastal Commission – Wednesday’s Roundup

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.”

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Property Tax Lawsuit, That Alligator Motel, Carman – Tuesday’s Roundup

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.

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Fentanyl, Renewable Energy, No South Jersey Amazon HQ – Monday’s Roundup

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.

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Mapping AC Overdoses, Casino Numbers – Friday’s Roundup

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.

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Elections, Mold in School – Tuesday’s Roundup

‘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.

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