In case you haven’t already read it, check out Christian Hetrick’s Press of Atlantic City piece on how everyone’s favorite Casino Reinvestment Development Authority has spent more than $1 billion in casino taxes and fees, sending a lot of that money back to the casinos themselves in recent years. What’s also amazing is that, while CRDA was established in 1984, it was never once audited* – until last year, as Route 40 first reported. (*A spokeswoman for CRDA said the authority’s accountants annually audit its financial statements and the audit that began last year was the first by the state’s auditor.)
NJ Spotlight reports that a gas pipeline that would run through South Jersey’s Pinelands is once again on hold, after the Pinelands Preservation Alliance asked a state appeals court to block the Pinelands Commission from ruling on whether the pipeline complies with state policy and administrative rules. The Pinelands Commission is holding a Special Meeting via conference call on Monday to discuss their next steps in the court battle. The pipeline project is being pushed – and funded – by a consortium including South Jersey Industries, which says it will bring cheaper gas to our area.
The Route 40 Howler is back – you may remember the Howler from this piece – this time the howl is about the bizarre revolving door between Atlantic City and the state’s Takeover Posse led by Jeffrey Chiesa (although – fun fact – apparently Chiesa is rarely seen in these parts, preferring instead to charge his $400 an hour from afar, so as not to get his hands too dirty?)
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The rest of the day’s stories include an update on traffic on Shore Road, a nor’easter headed our way on Sunday afternoon, and an amazing interactive map looking at where the working poor in New Jersey couldn’t afford basic necessities in 2014 (no surprises – Atlantic County municipalities feature prominently).
See below for the rest of the day’s headlines: