The valuable NJ Spotlight has once again gifted us an interactive map, this one showing voter turnout for the primary county by county. “An analysis of unofficial election turnouts with nearly all the votes counted shows that about 21 percent of all those registered as Democrat or Republican cast ballots for each party’s nominations for U.S. Senate, the state’s dozen seats in the House of Representatives, unexpired state Assembly terms, and a host of county and local offices,” Colleen O’Dea writes.
Twenty-eight kids from New Jersey were picked in the MLB draft this week, including Danny Nunan from Ocean City and Robert Boselli who out of Holy Spirit.
Reflecting on the weather this spring, it’s amazing that South Jersey produces any baseball players at all, let alone legit professional prospects. That Mike the actual Trout came from Millville is still totally astonishing.
New Jersey native Anthony Bourdain died in France overnight, an apparent suicide. Bourdain did a show on South Jersey in 2015, with stops in the Pine Barrens. He was bullish on Asbury Park three years ago. You can watch the scene from Dock’s Oyster House here, courtesy of Mel at AC Primetime.
“Bourdain is almost irrationally fond of Atlantic City,” Philly Voice wrote afterward.
For more news from across your region, see below:
No sports betting in N.J. until governor says so, Murphy administration declares–Don't bet on being able to place a legal sports bet in New Jersey on Friday. New Jersey officials warned racetracks late Thursday that they must hold off on accepting wagers on sports games until Gov. Phil Murphy signs newly passed legislation to authorize such betting, according to a letter obtained by NJ Advance Media. www.nj.com
OP-ED: ZIP CODE SHOULDN’T DETERMINE THE TECH EXPERIENCES OF STUDENTS–How can schools in poorer, urban areas create a level playing field with their suburban counterparts? www.njspotlight.com
CLOSER TO COMPROMISE: CAN SWEENEY AND MURPHY REACH CLOSURE ON SCHOOL FUNDING?–With New Jersey’s state budget — and a potential government shutdown — hanging in the balance, the Democrats’ ongoing negotiations over school funding look more and more to be about which districts will see increases and which will see cuts. www.njspotlight.com
No fight on EHT school bus prior to crash, superintendent says–EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — The school bus driver cited in a crash that sent 13 students to the hospital Wednesday is a 33-year employee of the district, state records show. www.pressofatlanticcity.com