NJ Cop Salaries, Kushner Companies, AC Firefighters – Monday’s Roundup

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Spreading some love in Mays Landing last week – picture by Francesca Migliorati (@bilitis25 on Instagram).

NJ Cop Salaries
NJ Advance takes a look at police salaries and finds that on average across New Jersey they’re now at over $100,000, which is up $14,400 since the last time the news company had a look in 2009. Experts said the pay raises have slowed in recent years, however. NJ Advance also noted that the highest-paid officers are often in the wealthier neighborhoods with lower crime rates (round here, take a look at Ocean City officers who earn – on average – more than Atlantic City cops. Margate and Ventnor’s police salaries are not far behind AC’s either). For South Jersey, Toms River Township has the best paid police on average (and most police in Ocean County are earning more than $90,000), while police in Cumberland, Camden and Burlington counties have much lower salaries.

Kushner Companies
The Kushner Companies could sell a piece of land along Atlantic City’s waterfront as part of a proposed redevelopment plan for Gardner’s Basin, the Press of Atlantic City’s Erin Serpico reports. The plan would allow for the lease-management of the area by city-appointed developer Scarborough Properties. The plan was pulled from the City Council agenda earlier this month after questions from Councilmen and the public. It will be reintroduced next month. The real estate company owned by the family of President Donald Trump’s son-in-law had planned to build a residential and commercial development next to Gardner’s Basin. The company bought the former Garwood Mills department store site in 2004.

AC Firefighters
Fewer than 180 firefighters would be dangerous for Atlantic City’s population and visitors, ruled an Atlantic County judge ruled on Friday in a decision that went against measures pushed by Gov. Chris Christie to reduce the city’s costs. Judge Mendez noted that the city has “unique” needs, such as its casino and convention industries, high-rise buildings, coastal . Also, noted Mendez, “The size of the ACFD has reduced significantly over the years,” from 340 in the 1980s and 1990s to 198 now. The state’s response to the ruling was that the city could not afford to maintain these firefighters and will now need to look at salaries and benefits. Mendez’ decision to place the number of necessary firefighters at 180 was not random, however. It was the guideline laid out in Atlantic City’s own five-year plan at the end of last year (the one that the state rejected, triggering the takeover). Read Lynda Cohen on the detail of Mendez’ ruling and read the full ruling via BreakingAC.com here.

In the rest of the news from the weekend and this morning, New Jersey volunteers have been deployed to help with Harvey relief efforts, a Galloway ‘psychic’ was trying to bilk a man for thousands of dollars, the owner of Charlie’s Bar in Somers Point has died at 65, everyone is still talking about Stockton removing the bust of its slave-owning namesake,  German grocer Lidl has started hiring in South Jersey, the NYT looks at money in the NJ governor’s race and the Burlington County Times (paywall) takes a look at the changes the next governor could make to the Pinelands Commission. All that and more below:

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