Margate public workers’ brand-name prescription costs quadrupled to a whopping $3.5 million in 2015 and the municipality has received a subpoena seeking more information on certain prescriptions, NBC 10’s Ted Greenberg reported on Friday. Margate Mayor Michael Becker said the city receives limited updates on prescription costs but was unaware of the scale of the increase that year. “I wish we had caught it, obviously, but we didn’t,” Becker said in an interview with Lynda Cohen of BreakingAC. “We’ve all heard the same rumors, they’ve been going around for months,” Becker said. “Until Ted (Greenberg of NBC10) came, there was no documentation or anything. I can’t speak to the rumors because nothing’s official.” Read more from that interview at BreakingAC.
South Jersey Perceptions
This probably won’t surprise you, but South Jerseyans – particularly those living in Cape May, Cumberland, Salem and Atlantic Counties – are really down on where they live, more so than residents of other parts of New Jersey, according to a Rutgers study. Southeastern New Jersey residents were most likely to say their neighborhood as a place to live was only ‘fair’ or ‘poor’, compared to those living in other parts of New Jersey. Those in the Southeast also had a more negative view of their parks and playgrounds, library services and – interestingly – their water quality. The results were not adjusted for income, and the survey also showed that lower-income respondents were more likely to have a low opinion of their neighborhood. Since Southeast Jersey has some of the poorer populations in the state, that could have influenced the results. If you’re interested in reading more, the full report is here (and page 11 contains the table with regional results). The study was published in May, but covered by The Press over the weekend – you can read that piece here.
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In the rest of the headlines from the weekend and this morning, Dollar General is expanding in the region even as other retail stores struggle, local businesses and environmental groups are starting to say no to plastic straws, read how the public was cut out of Christie’s $300 million statehouse refurbishment, The Press says the state is adding to Pleasantville schools’ problems, two bystanders were injured at the Atco Dragway over the weekend, environmentalists are worried about EPA cuts in New Jersey, and here’s everything you ever need to know about beach badges. All that and more below: