January 14, 2016

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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.

The St. Augustine Prep swim team suffered its first league loss since 2003 the other day at the hands of Mainland Regional, A.C. Glory Days reports on the dominant performance by the undefeated Mustangs.

NJ Politicker reports on “Top 5 challenges for NJ Latinos” this year, citing ICEraids, ID laws and the Puerto Rico debt crisis.

Our Crumbling Infrastructure
The cost of keeping New Jersey’s drinking water clean could hit $17 billion over the next five years, according to a survey from the EPANJ Spotlight reports. “It’s an extraordinary number, but it is the price of decades of neglect for our nation’s infrastructure,’’ said Doug O’Malley, director of Environment New Jersey.

Joseph Russell took a tour of the closed-off sections of the PATCO station in downtown Camden and took some pictures.

Pet Dog Rescued!
A historic farmhouse in Hi-Nella that dates to the 1700s caught fire yesterday,Philly.com reports.
And details on the sheep auction in Salem County available here, courtesy ofBill Gallo of NJ.com.

Lucy Advocate’s Passing 
The co-founder of the Save Lucy CommitteeSylvia Carpenter, who raised money to save Lucy the Elephant died at age 84. “Lucy stands today because of Sylvia. She was a very sweet, warm and unassuming person who worked behind the scenes and shunned the limelight,” Richard Helfant said. Shore News Today reports.


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