The Inquirer’s Amy Rosenberg rode along with some private investigators hired by Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian’s campaign to look into the use of messenger ballots by Democrats in the city. The investigators found at least one person received $30 for signing for a messenger ballot in the name of a stranger and – instead of handing the ballot over to the named stranger (as required by law) – the person handed it over to Atlantic City Democratic activist Craig Callaway. You might remember that the Atlantic City Dem. primary was narrowly won by Frank Gilliam, with the difference in votes coming down to vote-by-mail and provisional ballots (the other candidate, Marty Small, won the most votes-by-machine). As Callaway says in Rosenberg’s article, money being exchanged for so-called “get out the vote” activities is not illegal in itself. But the Guardian campaign wants the messenger votes to be set aside until they can be investigated by either the Board of Elections or law enforcement.
Hard Rock $$$
The Hard Rock Atlantic City project got a $400 million loan from its Seminole tribe parent, which makes it seem more real, somehow – read the Route 40 exclusive here. There’s still no word on the details of how Hard Rock and the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority will arrange the “Entertainment Retail District” for the project, however.
Pinelands-born journalist Kim Kelly has written an in-depth piece looking at New Jersey’s push for pipelines through the Pine Barrens. “The national news media may not care that much about what’s happening out in the woods, but the people who consider it home certainly do,” Kelly writes – read more here.
In the rest of the day’s news, Camden’s needle exchange has closed while officials try and find it a new permanent location, New Jersey is suing opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma for its role in the opioid crisis, NJ pharmacies can now dispense overdose-antidote Narcan without a prescription, and Atlantic City’s Iron Room won NJ Monthly’s best whisky bar poll. All that and more below: