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:
Shore Medical Opens New Rehabilitation, Alzheimer’s Centers–Shore Medical Center in Somers Point will open a new location for its rehabilitation services and a center for Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders this month. Shore Medical officials announced the rehabilitation services, currently on the fourth floor of the hospital, will be relocated to the Tomlinson Building at 710 Centre Street in order to provide patients with a more convenient location for services. Press of Atlantic City
The Lenni-Lenape Say They’re a Tribe, And Want NJ to Agree–The Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape don’t quite know why, in 2012, the new Christie administration suddenly dropped 30 years of state recognition of them as an Indian tribe. An attorney for the South Jersey-based tribe speculated that the action might have something to do with fears that the tribe might try to establish casinos, as Indian tribes have elsewhere. Philly.com
Why Gov. Chris Christie’s Big Plan to Shore Up NJ Pensions is All Wet–Most peoples’ image of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie these days is the Star-Ledger photo of him sunning himself on an empty public beach that he’d closed because of a budget dispute with the state legislature. That arrogance is a hard act to match, but Christie’s getting there, by claiming to have greatly improved New Jersey’s financial condition by giving the proceeds from the Jersey Lottery to the state’s hard-pressed pension funds for 30 years. www.washingtonpost.com
Push to Find Funding for Local Journalism — While Trenton Is ‘Out of Town’–Supporters of a bill seeking to use state dollars to help bolster local journalism in New Jersey watched from the sidelines as their legislation stalled amid a messy budget impasse and government shutdown earlier this month. Despite that, the backers of the proposed New Jersey Civic Information Consortium say they aren’t giving up. www.njspotlight.com
Christie Backs Travel Ban, Says Airports Must Enforce Trump Order–Praising President Donald Trump's travel ban as an effective public safety measure, Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill that would have prohibited airport employees from enforcing restrictions on certain travelers from Muslim majority nations seeking to enter the United States. www.njspotlight.com
Egg Harbor Township Home Catches Fire After Lightning Strike–Fire crews responded to a home Friday night in the Bargaintown section of Egg Harbor Township after lightning touched off a fire on the home’s roof. Press of Atlantic City
Simple answer: Gov. Christie was briefed that under the United States Constitution, there can be no political recognition of a select group of U.S./New Jersey citizens for special treatment because of their “Indian ancestry/race:” The Lenni-Lenape Say They’re a Tribe, And Want NJ to Agree–The Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape don’t quite know why, in 2012, the new Christie administration suddenly dropped 30 years of state recognition of them as an Indian tribe. An attorney for the South Jersey-based tribe speculated that the action might have something to do with fears that the tribe might try to establish casinos, as Indian tribes have elsewhere. Philly.com
This ‘U.S. Constitutionally corrupt and wishful thinking’ by the Lenni-Lanape “Indian ancestry/race” group comprised of U.S./New Jersey citizens who demand ‘recognition’ by Gov. Christie and the Sovereign State of New Jersey is an astonishing piece of a deplorable lack of journalist curiosity regarding U.S./State citizens with “Indian ancestry/race” since The Indian Citizenship Act of 1924! That single Indian Citizenship Act of 1924, made moot all previous common law-state and federal-including Presidential Executive Orders, Commerce Clause and Treaty Clause alleged Indian Treaties (if any U.S. Senate confirmed Indian treaties actually existed pre-1924 Citizenship) regarding U.S./State citizens with “Indian ancestry/race” so often touted by politicians and Indian advocates as being legitimate law.
And yet, politicians and MSM continue to perpetuate willful blindness to the Constitutional absurdity that Congress, Presidents/Governors, Initiatives and Referendums can make distinguishable the capacities, metes and boundaries of a select group of U.S./State citizens with “Indian ancestry/race” post citizenship.
The United States Constitution makes for no provisions for:
1. Indian sovereign nations. None of the asserted tribes possess any of the attributes of being a ‘sovereign nation:’ a. No U.S. Constitution recognition b. No international recognition c. No fixed borders d. No military e. No currency f. No postal system g. No passports h. et al
2. Treaties with its own constituency
3. Indian reservations whereby a select group of U.S./State citizens with “Indian ancestry/race” reside exclusively and to the exclusion of all others, on land-with rare exception-that is owned by the People of the United States according to federal documents readily available on-line that notes rights of renters as ‘occupancy and use’ by these distinguished U.S./State citizens with “Indian ancestry/race” only with the land owned by the People of the United States.
4. Recognition of ‘Indian citizenship’ asserted by various tribes. There is no international/U.S. Constitution recognition of “Indian citizenship” as there is no ‘nation’ from which citizenship is derived.
A simple question for politicians and MSM to answer…a question so simple, it is hard:
“Where is the proclamation ratified by the voters of the United States that amends the Constitution to make the health, welfare, safety and benefits of a select group of U.S./State citizens distinguishable because of their “Indian ancestry/race?”