We Got His Jersey for $10 at TJ Maxx in September
Nick Foles–whom Chip Kelly once traded along with draft picks for Sam Bradford–threw for 373 yards and caught a touchdown against a Bill Belichick defense in the Chronic-Traumatic Encephalothapy Bowl, which is probably something you never thought you’d read, but there you have it and here we are.
Congratulations to all the sportsball fans out there. Naturally, the Eagles would win it the year America decided to stop watching football.
Elsewhere in the sporting life, here’s a handy rundown of “things heard on the Philadelphia police scanner” after the big victory.
‘Saving’ Atlantic City (Marijuana Edition)
Brent Johnson and Susan Livio report that Frank Gilliam has talked informally with new Gov. Phil Murphy about legalizing marijuana in Atlantic City as a kind of test case. “He was very open to it, although he did not give any commitment,” Gilliam reportedly said.
The mayor’s on a fact-finding trip to Nevada, where they started legal recreational marijuana last year.
Related: NJ.com asks if legal marijuana makes roads more dangerous.
State of the Garden State
More New Jerseyans say they want to move out of New Jersey–30% compared to 22% in 2010–according to a new poll from Rutgers-Eagleton. A majority of residents nevertheless say New Jersey is an “excellent” or “good” place to live. Live callers contacted 1,203 adults. Millennials remain the top flight risk, the pollsters say.
Elsewhere across the region:
OceanFirst completes deal for Sun Bancorp–OceanFirst Financial Corp. announced that it has completed its acquisition of Sun Bancorp Inc., which will eventually lead to a rebranding of Sun National Bank as OceanFirst Bank. www.roi-nj.com
Cadets back in police academy a week after getting booted for booze–The four cadets who were kicked out of the police academy in Cape May for sneaking alcohol onto the barracks the day before graduation last month were re-enrolled in the training facility a week later, officials confirmed. www.nj.com
Margate accepting bids to raise lifeguard headquarters above dune–The city is advertising for a contractor to elevate Beach Patrol Headquarters above the height of the sand dune so lifeguard supervisors can see the ocean. www.shorenewstoday.com
Oyster Creek, oldest nuke plant in the U.S., closing a year ahead of schedule–Chicago-based Exelon Generation says the Oyster Creek plant in Lacey Township, New Jersey, will close this fall. It had a deadline of Dec. 31, 2019, under an agreement with state authorities. www.northjersey.com
N.J. lawmakers try again to spin off management of pension fund for police, firefighters–Lawmakers have relaunched an effort to spin off management of the pension fund for police and firefighters from New Jersey’s larger $78 billion pension system, a move that former Gov. Chris Christie blocked last year over concerns that it gave labor unions a “blank check” to enhance their benefits at taxpayers’ expense. www.northjersey.com
Atlantic County drug prevention advocates partner with pharmacists for safe drug disposal–Addiction prevention advocates are teaming with local pharmacists this month to better educate customers and patients on how to dispose medications, especially opioid prescriptions. www.pressofatlanticcity.com
STATE LAWMAKERS CALL FOR 30 PAGES OF REFORMS AT NEW JERSEY TRANSIT–Gov. Phil Murphy is calling for an overhaul of New Jersey Transit, ordering up a comprehensive financial audit and announcing an experienced transportation specialist will take over the troubled agency. Now, state lawmakers are backing him up, advancing legislation that calls for a full 30 pages of major reforms. www.njspotlight.com
‘AUGMENTED’ NUCLEAR SUBSIDY BILL COULD COST $4B OVER 15 YEARS–Sen. Bob Smith called it greener than Ireland - a bill that aims to bolster a thriving solar sector, enhance state efforts to cut energy use, and promote carbon-free electricity that powers more than 40 percent of New Jersey homes and businesses. www.njspotlight.com