Slow news day, South Jersey! I have jury duty. The mayor was in a fight. It’s rainy and windy, but if you need me to tell you that, blink three times. We’ll send help!
The Only Way to Win is Not to Play?
In national news, Amazon picked Long Island City and Crystal City, Virginia, for its new headquarters HQ2.
Am I crazy, or did they just string along a few hundred American cities for two years pretending to care about “development” or somesuch before plopping down in maybe the last two places that need development?
I suppose they could have picked San Francisco.
Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean said we missed out and asked, “How many more times are we going to sit by and watch companies choose to set up shop elsewhere, before we take action?” Phil Murphy said taxes didn’t come up in high-level talks.
Does anyone ask if these programs actually work? Or, put another way, “Why the hell are U.S. cities spending tens of billions of dollars to steal jobs from one another in the first place?”
Anyway, here’s Atlantic City’s proposal, dated September 25, 2017. It is 46 pages…
Fralinger’s Chapter 11
In local news, the James Candy Company, which makes Fralinger’s Salt Water Taffy filed for bankruptcy last week, citing underperformance of summer sales in 2018 among other things, Lynda Cohen reports. It will continue to operate all its stores, pay its employees and ship holiday orders, the company said.
A Pleasantville man caught a 47-inch striped bass off the southern end of Long Beach Island yesterday, which is a big fish it looks like, but not so big that two guys from Brigantine didn’t catch a slightly bigger one a little bit later.
Enjoy your morning!
For more feats of journalism…
Six Flags’ ‘SkyScreamer’ earned its name after riders got stuck 100 feet in the air–Ten park-goers at Six Flags Great Adventure location in Jackson experienced the wrong kind of fear on a amusement ride Sunday night when the ride broke, leaving them suspended 100 feet in the air on a chilly night. www.nj.com
Remembering Stan Lee–Stan Lee, teller of a thousand tales, master of preposterous pop-art alliteration, and friendly neighborhood writer-man, finally has left us all behind at the age of 95, according to the Hollywood Reporter. www.njpen.com
NEW JERSEY IN RIGHT PLACE TO REAP BENEFITS OF EMERGING OFFSHORE-WIND SECTOR–By 2030, more than 10,000 megawatts of electricity could be produced from wind turbines located along the Eastern Seaboard, with New Jersey well-positioned to reap the economic benefits associated with this emerging industry, according to offshore wind advocates. www.njspotlight.com
Three Downbeach eateries designated as ‘Ocean Friendly’ restaurants–DOWNBEACH – Steve & Cookies by the Bay, No. 7311 and Enlightened Cafe were recently named Ocean Friendly restaurants by the Surfrider Foundation South Jersey Chapter, bringing the total number of Ocean Friendly restaurants in the region to nine. www.downbeach.com
EDA offers delivery service $39M incentive to bring 600-plus jobs to South Jersey–An on-demand delivery service was awarded a 10-year, $39 million Grow New Jersey incentive by the state Economic Development Authority if it chooses Gloucester County for a new facility that could bring more than 600 jobs to South Jersey. www.roi-nj.com
PRESSING TO IMPROVE NJ’S MATERNAL, INFANT HEALTH AND REDUCE RACIAL DISPARITIES–A street festival in Paterson focused on family services hosted by First Lady Tammy Murphy. State funding for doula programs in Newark and Trenton. Hospital collaboration to standardize proven clinical birthing practices. Initiatives to arm new mothers with better quality data, in both high-tech forms and more traditional ways. www.njspotlight.com