Clamming has served as a viable source of income in South Jersey since time immemorial, although the work becomes harder and harder with each passing year. Waters once teeming with shellfish are now depleted and a way of life for many has become an economically sound career for a relative few. While fulltime baymen still exist, many who clam do so on a part-time basis. In spite of these challenges, Michelle and Gary Lubaczewski, who own and operate Lower Bank’s River Road Clam House, have kept going for almost two decades.
DCO Energy, a company controlled by the Jingoli family, won a six-month contract to report on the feasibility of establishing a “microgrid” to support Atlantic City facilities in the event of a regional electrical grid failure.
Ivy League Snowflake Gets Free Stuff
Noted Princeton alumnus Carl Icahn, who’s worth an estimated $16.4 billion and probably recently abused his position as adviser to the president to manipulate futures markets, was given preliminary approval from the CRDA for $5.6 million to pay for the demolition of the Trump Plaza, the indefatigable Wayne Parry of the AP reports. CRDA Chairman Bob Mulcahy supported the holiday turkey for the billionaire, reportedly saying, “That land could be very valuable.” They love their vacant lots. Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian, who naturally has far-less say in the matter than Mulcahy, was opposed to the handout. “…[W]hy are they asking us for $5.6 million?
Gov.-elect Phil Murphy pledged to support raising the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour, from the current $8.44 per hour. “This is as high on the priority list as anything we’ve got,” Murphy said, Politico reports. Free to those who can afford it… Noted billionaire (and former special regulatory adviser to President Trump) Carl Icahn is seeking public funds for the demolition of Trump Plaza, the Press of AC’s Nick Huba reports. The CRDA is scheduled to talk about the project at today’s board meeting at 2 pm.
The incisive Amy Rosenberg reports on Sheila Oliver, who could be the most powerful official in Atlantic City after being named head of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs by the next governor. Oliver was elected lt. governor November 7.
Governor-elect Phil “The Jolly Leaper” Murphy was in Atlantic City yesterday to speak before the New Jersey League of Municipalities. The Press of AC’s John DeRosier says Murphy “did not offer many details” on policy implementation but laid out priorities.
One of Atlantic County’s most criminally untapped resources is its train line connection to Philadelphia. (Of course, part of the reason it’s criminally untapped is because years of under-investment have rendered the train service infrequent and slow.) Now a new report published Tuesday by the Regional Plan Association says that local zoning that prohibits multifamily development outside train stations is a major obstacle to expanding transit-oriented development, particularly in New Jersey.
A significant chunk of the $5.7 million spent on the past election by the NJEA’s Garden State Forward super PAC came from membership dues. “Many members were under the impression that the money spent on the race was only from voluntary donations,” found NJTV’s Leah Mishkin.
A pharmaceutical sales representative from Galloway on Monday became the 11th person to plead guilty in an ongoing investigation into health insurance fraud in South Jersey. Most of the guilty pleas so far have come from pharmaceutical reps and other people who are not public employees, as Amy Rosenberg reports for The Inquirer. The investigation, however, hinges around millions of dollars in prescriptions that were written for teachers, police and firemen in and around this area, according to documents released by the U.S. attorney’s office for the district of New Jersey.
There are miles and miles of wide (more than six feet) firebreaks in the pinelands, often built and maintained by local residents, as well as paid contractors. But the Pinelands Commission is considering a change to its Comprehensive Management Plan that would require a permit for the construction and maintenance of any firebreak wider than six feet.
uperior Court Judge Julio Mendez on Monday denied a request by Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian’s campaign to be present when the county’s 6,100 vote-by-mail ballots are reviewed by staff of the Board of Elections, reports Amy Rosenberg for The Inquirer. The campaign had wanted to challenge ballots it contends were improperly submitted – but Mendez did set some particular requirements on the election board to safeguard mail-in ballot documentation.
If you read one review of the Atlantic City and County election campaign shenanigans this season, make it this one by The Inquirer’s Amy Rosenberg: Why Atlantic City-area elections this year would make Nucky Johnson Proud. (Separately, we’re following up our weekend look at financial contributions to the NJ 2nd district’s campaigns with a look at expenditures and in-kind contributions. Stay tuned.)
The Democrat and Republican machines vying for control of the Atlantic City area worked up until the last minute of the election, spending big and seeking more contributions in the third-most expensive race in the state this year.
NJSpotlight has an interactive map so you can see how much your neighbors have contributed toward the gubernatorial race this year. Meanwhile, in other election-money news, there were allegations of voter fraud at the Atlantic County Board of Elections last night, and you can read more about that via The Press of Atlantic City.