The blogger formerly known as Wally Edge has an informative thing on the Republican contest to replace Frank LoBiondo, calling that process a “train wreck.” He says a deal was struck to get Hirsh Singh to run for Congress so he’d get out of the race for state senate. But the R establishment hasn’t gotten behind Singh and instead the race for the LD2 nomination has splintered.
It’s kind of fascinating to read about the Republican contenders and count how many spent their careers in the public sector, or made their money as defense contractors or whatever. That’s how you know they’re the party of small government.
Elsewhere in R politics, the Observer has a curious profile of Assemblyman Jon Bramnick written by an attorney (?) where Bramnick says over and over again that he and his party are not crazy or extreme. They are, instead, rational and reasonable. Just Reasonable and rational. Old Rational John Bramnick, they call him. Any bad behavior you may be experiencing comes from the left-wing media or the White House. Bramnick and his party are not going to be painted with the brush–the so-called crazy-brush–just because his party’s enabling some crazy stuff. “We’re the Republican Party, but we’re not crazy,” Bramnick said. “We are not crazy or extreme. We’re reasonable.”
How do these people have jobs while I’m standing here in my pajamas.
ROI-NJ has two business stories on the impacts of marijuana reform, should such laws be passed: Good for warehouse owners! Complicated for accountants…
Also, win or lose, marijuana reform: good for lobbyists!
Michael McGarry, who is a longtime sports-writing professional, has a cool profile of Charles Fields, one of the top sprinters and long jumpers in our area. He’s a senior at Wildwood Catholic.
Also, check out Michelle Brunetti Post’s story on a fire tower in the Bass River State Forest.
Lastly, we did this interview a few weeks back with Mayor Gilliam but have been holding on to it since the party machine that elected him seems to have turned on him, curiously, two months after ushering him into office.
The Mayor won’t comment on that *controversy* so we’ve decided to set it aside for the time being and run the interview anyway, since his views on Bader Field, marijuana reform, PILOTs and the South Inlet are probably definitely worth reading.
Spoiler: MFG’s grown a Millennial Understander beard!
For everything else, see below:
LAWMAKERS SEEK TO EXPAND ACCESS TO OVERDOSE ANTIDOTE–Democratic legislators are seeking to expand efforts to address opioid addiction and overdoses through new programs in two very different public institutions — New Jersey’s public schools and state prisons. www.njspotlight.com
Brigantine’s longtime mayor won’t seek re-election–Mayor Philip J. Guenther, who has been in office for 26 years, said Wednesday he will not run again. www.pressofatlanticcity.com
Storm leaves 50K without power in southern N.J.–More than 50,000 southern New Jersey residents were without power Thursday morning after Wednesday's nor'easter continues to wreak havoc. www.nj.com
MURPHY SEEKS FEE ON PREPAID PHONES TO HELP FUND 911 UPGRADES–State officials, including Gov. Phil Murphy, are considering a new fee on prepaid cellular phones as a way to boost funding for digital upgrades of the 911 emergency response systems. nj1015.com
EXPLAINER: HERE’S HOW THE GOVERNOR PLANS TO EASE PROPERTY TAXES — A BIT–Property-tax bills went up yet again in New Jersey last year, and only adding to the pain are new federal tax rules that cap a longstanding federal write-off for local taxes. www.njspotlight.com
IF MURPHY HOLDS MUNICIPAL AID FLAT, CAN PROPERTY TAXES GO ANYWHERE BUT UP?–New Jersey’s municipalities are being left out in the cold again by a state budget that seeks to freeze aid to towns at 2010 levels, leaving municipal officials with little choice but to increase property taxes to avoid cutting services.
GLORY DAYS GIRLS INDOOR TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: AJAE ALVAREZ, EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP–The best track athletes have somebody pushing them, whether it’s a teammate or an opponent. They need somebody to bring out the best in them. Egg Harbor Township senior sprinter Ajae Alvarez had a pretty good track career during her first three years, winning the 400 in the Atlantic County and Cape-Atlantic League meets as a junior during her outdoor season. She thinks she can do even better this spring, and she might need to with freshman star Lauren Princz hot on her heels. glorydaysonline.com