A.C. Fights Back, Lucy Loses A Friend and Our Crumbling Infrastructure in Today’s Route Forty Roundup – BETA
The Press of A.C. reports on the widespread opposition across Atlantic County to Steve Sweeny’s takeover plan. Marty Small said the plan robbed the city of its “sovereignty” noting no municipality in the country faced the problems Atlantic City had, while Mayor Don Guardian challenged the narrative the city was at war with the state, saying he and his colleagues were voted to be “diplomats.”
Moody’s said the plan to expand casino gambling would be “bad news” forAtlantic City and cause more casinos to close there, NJ.com reports. Because it’s helpful to have the banker perspective on every issue. Meanwhile, city gambling revenue has been cut in half since 2006, Politico reports (subscription). Rebecca Forand reports on the “swanky” Mullica Hill house Rowan University bought for its president, supplying many photos of the $975,000 spread, which, spoiler, resembles a bog-standard McMansion outfitted to the tastes of Marshal Tito. Meanwhile Rutgers is asking the state for $98.5 million.
There’s absolutely no truth to the rumor that a needle-exchange is coming to the old Dorset Avenue Wawa in Ventnor. File that along with the thing about Lucy the Elephant migrating to AC under: Rumors I First Heard When They Were Being Debunked. I’m badly informed!
Do you want to know what local officials said about the CRDA audit? David Danzis of the Press of AC will tell you. Not to spoil things, but I get the impression they’re comfortable going forward, business as usual. Another young entrepreneur from Margate has pled guilty in the prescription-drug scheme, after admitting to receiving $179,370 in “gross proceeds” and being ordered to pay $2,092,791 in restitution. Atlantic City and Atlantic County were both winners of $100,000 (each) Innovation Challenge Grants from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.
The CEO of Holtec told reporter Anjalee Khemlani it’s hard to find the help these days, since there isn’t a culture of work in Camden.
“They can’t stand getting up in the morning and coming to work every single day.” Am I crazy or is the guy whose company got $260 million in tax incentives suggesting African-Americans inner-city persons poor persons get too much stuff from the government? It’s enough to make your head explode.
Millennials aren’t Migratory? A report from New Jersey Policy Perspective says Millennials are not leaving the state at high rates relative to previous generations, and levels have been stable since the 1980s. “We also found that New Jersey millennials aren’t leaving the state at any more a frequency than millennials in New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and those around us,” Cliff Zukin, a professor at Rutgers, said. Flooding! Boy there was a lot of water in town the other night!
Happy Rosh Hashana to everyone out there celebrating. Hope you enjoy wind and rain. I kind of do, but then, we don’t have central air in the Route 40 newsroom/house, so I’m just glad the heatwave has broken. Controversial, I realize. This weekend’s storms put a tiny damper on the A.C. Seafood Festival, prompting Jon Henderson, the guy behind the event, to take to Facebook.
A bill sponsored by Vince Mazzeo would set up a countywide tax assessment program to replace the system we have now, where municipalities do their assessing on their own. It has the support of a committee made up of mayors John Armstrong (Absecon), Jesse Tweedle (P’ville) and Sonny McCullough (EHT) who went around the state last year looking at how different counties did their assessments.
New Jerseyans are doing less *Love-Making* yet contracting more sexually transmitted diseases, according to a scintillating story from the valuable Spotlight. Chlamydia cases were up 21% last year, gonorrhea up 67%, syphilis up 76%–even as people *Love-Made* nine fewer times per year. I’m not an economist, but that doesn’t seem right.
NJ.com assembled a handy list of the school districts with the highest median teacher salary, and Ocean City, Brigantine, Margate and Atlantic City are all in the top ten. Our teachers are gd heroes and we should pay them even more.
Back in June, Dimitrios Patlias and Tonya Smith of Egg Harbor City were driving through West Virginia when they were pulled over by a state trooper who–after accusing them of smuggling cigarettes among other heinous crimes–let them off with a warning for failing to drive in their lane–but not before he seized more than $10,000 through the exciting process known as civil forfeiture.