A debate between candidates for New Jersey’s second legislative district (most of Atlantic County) had been scheduled for a month, but Republican candidate Chris Brown was a no-show. The Republicans had previously asked for the debate format to be changed, then cancelled on Tuesday. Still, the debate went ahead and as we report on Route 40, there was some interesting action on the undercard where assembly candidates Vince Mazzeo and John Armato faced off against independent candidate Heather Gordon.
The view of the soon-to-open Atlantic City observation wheel from Ventnor beach. Photo by Michael Ein (@michael_ein on Instagram).
The Atlantic City metro area has suffered the fifth worst “brain drain” in the United States over the last three years, according to a Bloomberg analysis that looked at the exodus of people with advanced degrees, the decline in salaries for science and tech jobs and the closure of businesses. Obviously, this is a big problem for everyone. But bar a lot of talk about supporting the aerospace industry and the FAA Tech Center, not a lot is being done. It also makes the expansion of Stockton University in Atlantic City look less like the next great hope for saving the area and more like a contributing factor to the brain drain, unless it can bring enough new jobs for graduates to go into.
The mold problem that shut down a 6,000-student school district in Gloucester County was known about for months, reports The Inquirer. County and state officials had detected mold but previously been satisfied that Holly Glen Elementary School was addressing the problem. And to answer the questions on every other parent’s mind, The Inquirer looks at how worried we should be about mold in New Jersey’s schools.
In the rest of the day’s news, two women were arrested in Atlantic City after trying to sell what turned out to be an arsenal of weapons and pipe bombs (the mayor said they had enough to blow up a three-block section of the Boardwalk), the Steel Pier observation wheel should open next month, there was an NJ gubernatorial debate last night (no clear winner), there’s uncertainty about the future of Atlantic City’s Back Bay Ale House amid the Gardner’s Basin redevelopment, and the ALDI grocery store chain is planning a one-day hiring spree. All that and more below:
Shaun King Speaks On Race, Civil Discourse And Social Media At Stockton’s Hamer Symposium–Shaun King was working as a communications director for a private company when he first saw a video of the death of Eric Garner at the hands of a Staten Island police officer in 2014.Now, King is using social media to continue a dialogue about race and social justice issues in the United States. www.pressofatlanticcity.com
Cumberland Co. Authority Looks To Add To Vineland Upgrades With $12M Truck Center Purchase–The Cumberland County Improvement Authority bought the site of a former truck and shipping center in downtown Vineland and intends to refurbish the property into a modern business center, officials announced Tuesday.CCIA officials said their purchase of the former National Freight Inc. facility at 71 Park Ave includes a 270,000-square-foot warehouse and an office building, a truck maintenance facility and a large parking area. www.pressofatlanticcity.com
Blowtorch, Fishhook Used In Atlantic City Robbery–Two men were arrested Monday after they allegedly used a blowtorch and fishhook to torture a man over two days while robbing him.The victim stopped police officers outside the Public Safety Building just after 1 pm Monday, telling them he was held against his will by three men for two days. breakingac.com
Atlantic City Man Sexually Assaulted At Least Two Children, New Charges Say–An Atlantic City man already charged with sexually assaulting a child over several years assaulted at least one other child, according to new charges.
Santos Blanco, 41, is accused of aggravated sexual assault, two counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child and third-degree endangering in connection with the second victim, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner said Tuesday. breakingac.com
Some Sharp Exchanges, Some Name Calling, But No Clear Winner In First Debate–The two candidates running to replace Gov. Chris Christie debated face to face for the first time last night, spending an hour trading accusations and boasts on issues ranging from property taxes and pension funding to handling the state economy and curbing gun violence. www.njspotlight.com