The Margate Farmer’s Market is back! Season-opener was yesterday. NanLo has accurate coverage and pictures of beautiful carrots in the Downbeach Pilot. The Jersey Peach Pie contest is July 19. There’s also going to be an event by the Rutgers Co-op Extension on “Rediscovering the Tomato” later in the summer.
$33M < $2.1M
In 2017, the EDA renewed a tax credit worth $33 million for One Journal Square, a skyscraper in Jersey City that is owned by a Democrat (Jared Kushner), and MapLight, the “nonpartisan watchdog, that tracks the influence of money in politics,” thinks you should be able to see the official correspondence between then-Governor Christie, his staff, and employees of the Kushner Cos., since they’re very clearly public records and subject to sunshine laws. But Christie, with the foresight of a guilty conscience, “designated all of his and his staff’s emails and other electronic records ‘privileged’ or ‘confidential'” before he left office, the valuable Spotlight reports. Jeff Chiesa, who has left Atlantic City and has other things to do, agrees this was proper of the former Governor to do. So they’re keeping the emails. Next to Christie’s Bridgegate cellphone presumably.
Do you ever feel like while you weren’t paying attention, your government was taken over by Walker and Texas Ranger from Talladega Nights?
“The law doesn’t apply to us!”
I remember a few months ago when Phil Murphy wanted to give $2.1 million to fund legal assistance to the several hundred thousands immigrants who live in New Jersey–where they pay taxes, by the way, and pick blueberries and fix computers and cure diseases and teach at universities and practice law and in many other ways contribute to our civil society, unlike rent-collectors Charles and Jared Kushner–and half the kids I went to high school with were shouting “Brown Menace!” on Facebook.
But this is an important life lesson: if you wear a tuxedo around and act rich enough, the government can give you all the money it wants, and people will think you deserve it.
For more news from across your region, see below:
Dr. J places historic 1st sports bet in Atlantic City on hometown favorite–The Borgata officially became the first Atlantic City casino to cast sports bets Thursday morning, as NBA legend Julius Erving, aka Dr. J wagered $5 on a repeat Superbowl victory for the Philadelphia Eagles. www.nj.com
‘TAX US,’ SAYS NJ MILLIONAIRE TO LEGISLATORS WHO RESIST MURPHY BUDGET PLAN–Standing across the street from the State House yesterday, Franklin Lakes resident Eric Schoenberg had a message for legislative leaders who continue to resist Gov. Phil Murphy’s call to hike taxes on those who earn more than $1 million. www.njspotlight.com
New Jersey kicks off sports betting after overturning ‘unlawful and unfair federal law’–OCEANPORT, N.J. — Sports betting officially began in New Jersey on Thursday, some seven years after voters here authorized the activity and touched off a multimillion-dollar legal battle that ended last month at the U.S. Supreme Court. www.politico.com
South Jersey towns in no rush to implement New Jersey tax law–Municipalities in South Jersey are in no rush to conform to a new state law that will allow residents to pay their property taxes as a form of charity. www.pressofatlanticcity.com
So why did this Jersey Republican get the backing of a big labor union that favors Democrats?–WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Chris Smith stands alone among Republicans when it comes to this.The New Jersey AFL-CIO, is backing him for re-election even as it endorsed the Democratic challengers for the state's other four Republican-held House seats and the other Democrats running for the U.S. Senate and House. www.nj.com
Hamilton Township residents investigate 138-year-old train crash–HAMILTON TOWNSHIP — One of the attractions at the Ghost Walk in Mays Landing last October was a re-creation of the Aug. 11, 1880, train crash near the site of the train station on Taylor Avenue. www.shorenewstoday.com
Former Cape May ferry on final trip — to bottom of the ocean–Tim Mullane will likely be the last human to ever set foot on the decommissioned ferry the Twin Capes. www.nj.com