Death & Dysfunction Update – Wednesday’s Roundup

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Death & Dysfunction Update
In 2015, 18-year old Tiffany Valiante, of Mays Landing, was struck by a NJ Transit train in Galloway and the death ruled a suicide. But her family has long maintained the details don’t add up. Now a pathologist hired by the family’s lawyer has argued in court filings that the autopsy report was without scientific merit and investigators didn’t collect enough evidence to determine if the body was even Valiante’s, let alone that she committed suicide.

The Office of the State Medical Examiner is reviewing the case, in connection with the pledged overhaul of the state medical examiner system.

You can read Stephen Stirling and S.P. Sullivan’s earlier Death & Dysfunction story here.

New EDA Head
Tim Sullivan, who has worked most recently in government in Connecticut and New York City, was approved as Phil Murphy’s pick to be the new head of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, though he (Sullivan) emphasized in a press release that it was an honor to return to the Garden State, the place of his birth. Like Murphy, Sullivan’s a former investor banker, though really there’s no such thing as a “former” investment banker. They’re like Marines that way.

On his blog, David Wildstein says Sullivan’s appointment was “initially opposed” by Bill Mullen of the Building & Construction Trades Council (and the CRDA) over his opposition to prevailing wage laws.

$55 Million 
The Atlantic City Council held a hearing on the $55 million bond the state’s financial wizards want them to issue to pay debt they (the wizards) deferred until after Governor Christie was out of office.

You can watch video of that here.

“[O]ur grandchildren will be paying the $55m butchers bill,” Jim Kennedy on the Twitterbox says.

Atlantic City Postpones Vote On New Debt


Bully Sports
In sportsball, has a trend piece on high-profile high school sportsball coaches who’ve been impacted (sounds painful!) by the state’s landmark anti-bullying law, citing 13 public school coaches “with at least 175 years of combined experience” who “have lost their jobs or moved on since the law was enacted after being accused of some form of bullying.”

Can we maybe take a step back and ask if it’s weird that this whole professional class of celebrity high-school sportsball coaches has developed, that talks and acts and dresses and competes with one another like its the SEC?

Maybe the grownups aren’t the victims here.

Great story though.

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