Route 40 gathered together a group of residents from Atlantic City’s Bungalow Park neighborhood at the Back Bay Ale House on Tuesday, Oct. 17 to talk about the New Jersey gubernatorial race and the issues their community would like to see addressed by the next governor. The conversation was recorded as part of the collaborative reporting project Voting Block.
The dinner-table discussion covered topics from the state takeover of Atlantic City, to the use of eminent domain for redevelopment on the Northside, the casino industry and how last year’s election affected civil discussion on politics in the view of the neighbors. You can read more about the event here.
Bungalow Park participants: Dot Hogan, Tru Hall, Darcee Heffner, Elaine Candy Jones, Stephen Cottrell, Frank Becktel, Sheila Hull-Freeman, Mary Ann Hardiman and Tony Vraim. There was also a brief cameo appearance by Tom Forkin (a Bungalow Park resident running as an independent for Atlantic City Council). Other participants: Geoff Rosenberger and Libby Wills of the 1st Ward also participated, along with Carol Ruffo of the Chelsea Neighborhood Association.
Voting Block NJ is a collaboration between The Record, NJ Spotlight, WHYY, WNYC, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, the Center for Cooperative Media and New America Media. To read all the stories in this series, visit VotingBlockNJ.com.