Election Day + 3 and we’re still sifting through the detritus. A excellent piece of data visualization work by NJ.com can show you how your town–and other towns across the state–voted in the presidential race. Spoiler alert but the inner-ring suburbs went red in Atlantic County, which overall went blue. Anyway, it’s kind of fascinating for fans of the North Jersey-South Jersey game too. Maybe the lines are more complicated than we thought.
Also, it’s Veterans Day. Former POWs tell their stories in the Asbury Park Press. And Cat Country provides a handy list of events.
See that and many more stories below.
Former POWs Talk About Their Service–This story:
Is very much worth reading, and impossible to summarize. From the Asbury Park Press. Asbury Park Press
Events for Veterans’ Day Around Town–A handy list.
And the DMV's closed, among other places. Cat Country 107.3
How Every Town in NJ Voted–A very cool interactive map showing the voting breakdown by municipality, across New Jersey, from NJ.com
Did Mayor Guardian, a Republican, Vote for the Republican Presidential Nominee–"I voted my conscience," Guardian said. NJ.com
It’s Regressive–Who feels the pinch of the new 23-cent gas tax hike?
Poor people can least afford it, but they drive less (50% less) than people who make $100,000 per year. So says management consultant Raghu Murali.
Gas Tax Vote = Credit Negative, Moody’s Says–Moody's said the amendment approved by New Jersey voters to dedicate proceeds from higher gas taxes to infrastructure funds was credit "negative" for the state.
The state can't raid the fund for other purposes, but it will borrow billions off the new income.
On the other hand: Construction jobs. NJ.com
Second Time Lucky?–Paul Sarlo (Dem., Woodridge), who pushed for North Jersey casino gambling, said a more specific version of the bill could win enough votes to pass.
The proposal lost by 78% Tuesday.
Double Downer–The A.P.'s Wayne Parry reports the state's takeover of Atlantic City the day after Trump's win has left residents feeling "doubly hopeless."
"The state doesn’t understand Atlantic City; we’re just one big casino to them. They don’t understand or respect the residents of the city and what we need and what we want,” one man said. New Jersey 101.5 – Proud to be New Jersey – New Jersey News Radio
Philly Residents Really Can’t Afford To Go To An Eagles Game–Tickets compare in price to those in many of America's richest cities; we're one of the poorest. Probably a lot of South Jersey feels the same way... Billy Penn
Christie May Have Future in Trump’s Administration–While emotions run high after election day, Trump has still not announced his official team and there may be some opportunities for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Christie has played a key role in Trump's transition team leading up to the election and though Christie has not yet talked with the president-elect about any future plans, he said he would be open to any job Trump would consider him for. www.snjtoday.com
Local Museum Asks Community for Donations to Continue Inspiration–Atlantic County's oldest indoor play facility is asking for the community's help to stay open and expand. To continue their vision by opening more doors for imagination, the Jersey Shore Children’s Museum is seeking donations. www.snjtoday.com