Evictions, Public Works and The Sanctity Of The Free Market – Friday’s Roundup

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Statewide eviction filings dropped to their lowest levels in more than a decade, according to the valuable NJ Spotlight, but the picture in South Jersey is less rosy. In Atlantic County, filings are up 5.7% year-over-year. In Salem County, they’re up 7.5%.

And per this story, per the Eviction Lab at Princeton, the statistics for New Jersey are probably understated to begin with, which seems right. I watched a bunch of people get booted pretty unceremoniously from Fox Manor a few days ago, and I don’t think they went to tenant court. But a few of them said, at least, they’d been living there for months, if not years.

Elsewhere in evictions, Max Reil at the Press of AC reports residents of the Courtesy Inn in EHT were forced to leave after the motel’s water was shut off.

The deputy chief of the Atlantic County Superintendent of Elections has been charged with official misconduct and theft after he, allegedly, used a county vehicle to take to county employees to another county where he, the deputy chief, made the employees clean his mother’s attic, among other colorful offenses.

Steve Strunsky of NJ.com sat down with new CRDA Chief Matt Doherty to publicly ponder whether the Atlantic City Beachfest Concert Series will continue now that CRDA’s contract with Live Nation has expired and Hard Rock is a’sitting right there, a’hosting concerts and a’drawin’ top-name performers all by its lonesome.

“If the private sector is able to step up the way Hard Rock has to attract top-name talent to the city, then a state body like us should move to the side, and allow that to happen, as opposed to trying to compete with that,” Doherty said.

Meanwhile, Elinor reports on CRDA building laptop lounges at the convention center and whether they could be used for co-working space.

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