Icahn & The Taj, Pedestrians and Brown Park Revisted – Tuesday’s Roundup

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Icahn & The Taj
Icahn said he will sell the Taj Mahal after Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill that would have prevented Icahn and others from sitting on a casino license for a shuttered property. Christie said the bill was a “transparent attempt to punish the owner of the Taj Mahal casino,” and Icahn said “I believe other large investors will similarly have no interest in investing significant amounts in Atlantic City or New Jersey as long as Sweeney is in control of the Senate.” Sweeney retorted that the veto “will allow Icahn to exploit and manipulate bankruptcy laws and casino licensing regulations in ways that would enrich himself at the expense of regular casino workers and the families who depend on them.” So there you have it, via Reuters. The big men got shouty and Atlantic County is still down a casino. Plus ca change.

More than 500 pedestrians have been killed in New Jersey since 2014, the most in any three-year stretch since the early 1990s, NJ 101.5 reports. Another pedestrian died in Galloway Township last night. Some lawmakers want changes to 2010 legislation introduced by Corzine. Here’s what Assemblyman Chris Brown said of the proposed changes: “What we have done is try to codify common sense and make sure that people use the good brain that God gave them before they cross the street. And you would think you wouldn’t necessarily need to put some of these common sense items into writing, but unfortunately you do.” Read more here.

Brown Park Revisited
We went to check out Brown Park in Atlantic City, where renovation began last December after years of effort. Read the story and watch our video featuring a local resident who is relieved to see the work being done.

State Budgeting
Did you know that compared to its neighbors, New Jersey is the only state that has failed to return its revenue to pre-recession levels? Stockton University looked into just what, exactly, is up with the state’s budgeting issues and what can be done about them. In news that will surprise no one who has ever had to read a municipal, county or state budget in New Jersey, there are a whole lot of problems. Stockton’s main criticism was the state’s failure to set up a fund to deal with revenue forecasting errors. You can read the full report here on Stockton’s site, or the Press of Atlantic City rundown here.

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The rest of today’s headlines include a bill that could make it easier for TEN-formerly-known-as-Revel to open, plus a Ventnor mom sentenced to eight years prison for giving her baby daughter a fatal dose of methadone, and a new Denny’s in Millville that is looking to hire. All that and more below:

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