David Danzis at the Press reports the city cut the amount it pays in legal services by $500,000 for the upcoming year, which is something we’d been meaning to follow up on since Council President Marty Small mentioned it in a council meeting a few months back. They’ve also not approved a change order for legal services since 2016, according to Small.
Elsewhere in numbers, lobbyists spent $1.4 million on marijuana legalization (for and against) in 2018, NJSpotlight reports, citing the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, whose executive director, Jeff Brindle, notes, “Lobbying is a vital and fundamental part of democracy.”
I suppose that’s one way to think about it.
Joe Brandt at NJ.com has an update on the shipping-container hotel thing Pat Fasano is building on New York Avenue/St. James Place. Fasano said he was inspired by a project in Costa Rica and, “with some luck we will complete it this year.”
You can read our story here.
For more feats of journalism…
Sources: Murphy to again seek millionaires tax in budget address–Gov. Phil Murphy plans to call on lawmakers Tuesday to expand the state’s top income tax bracket to all people earning more than $1 million annually, according to two people briefed on the governor’s budget. www.politico.com
Inside N.J.’s exclusive, tiny town where only men who golf can own homes–The Camden County town 20 miles south of Philadelphia has one public road, 23 houses without street addresses, and no mailboxes. Mail is distributed, you guessed it, by the golf club. expo.nj.com
Conventions feeling impact of AC line’s continued shutdown–“We never really gave much thought to the value of the train until it was gone,” said Jon Henderson, CEO of Good Time Tricycle Productions, which will put on this year’s Atlantic City Beer and Music Fest later this month. www.pressofatlanticcity.com
EHT man admits to stealing $100,000 in Social Security funds–An Egg Harbor Township man admitted to using his position working for Social Security to steal about $100,000 in funds. www.breakingac.com