Online Gaming Story
The Brigantine local who won the World Series of Poker on Sunday attributed his success to practice on New Jersey’s legal online gaming sites. “Two weeks ago, I was just a New Jersey online grinder and nothing’s really changed,” Scott Blumstein, a 25-year-old with an accounting degree from Philadelphia’s Temple University, told reporters (the Associated Press). Online gaming is still a tiny fraction of total casino revenue in New Jersey, but it is growing rapidly. And since it is taxed at a higher rate than gaming along the Boardwalk or in the Marina District, it has also helped stabilize state tax revenues. Nationally, though, the future of legal online gaming is still in doubt. The Associated Press piece also includes a reminder of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ plans to review the ruling that authorized online gambling.
It feels like there are a lot of cool things happening on South Jersey farmland right now. Kevin Riordan for The Philadelphia Inquirer has a feature out today that spotlights a project to revive farmland in Salem County that was America’s first Jewish agriculture settlement back in the 19th century. The land, first tilled by a colony of Jews who wound up in New Jersey after fleeing persecution in Russia, is now being farmed by a couple with family ties to the area.
In the rest of the day’s news, Mays Landing’s Main Street is closed because of water damage, the Atlantic County prosecutor has released dashcam video from a 2014 fatal police chase and shooting, read the incredible story behind this weekend’s (possibly) largest Mako shark catch in Jersey shore history, environmental groups are ramping up efforts to ban fracking in the Delaware River Basin, two people whose car was hit in the Route 30 crash on Friday had been living in their car and now can’t access their belongings, and the state changed Atlantic City firefighters’ schedules and now is questioning their overtime bill (on the new schedule). All that and more below: