Lobbyists spent $2.8 million last year to stop legislation to give PSE&G $300 million in subsidies. We did that sh*t for free, so let this be exhibit 11,000 in the PowerPoint presentation I am preparing for myself titled: Why You are in the Wrong Business.
George Norcross III replaced the mayor of Camden as the keynote speaker at the Cooper’s Ferry’s Partnership fundraiser, Phaedra Trethan reports, and he talked for 40 minutes telling listeners he “saved the city.” It’s surprising more of these guys don’t run for office when you see how charismatic they are.
He also said Chris Christie saved Camden. And some of the mayors.
Kevin Riordan, at The Inquirer, says Norcross, “delivered an assiduously, even passionately, upbeat lecture about the city” making “ample use of the word extraordinary.”
This is a little far afield, but Collingswood is drafting legislation to regulate AirBnbs, a year after a resident was cited for operating an illegal boardinghouse.
“The draft is the first attempt to codify regulations around local, short-term rentals, a zoning case previously unconsidered by existing municipal code but which would regulate services like AirBnb and VRBO,” Matt Skoufalos reports.
For more feats of journalism…
Two-thirds of New Jersey’s school districts will see an increase in state aid–TRENTON — Nearly two-thirds of New Jersey‘s school districts will see an increase in state aid next year, the state Department of Education announced Wednesday. www.politico.com
NJ fishermen and wind-energy firms learning to coexist–TOMS RIVER — Hunched over a laptop, Jeff Dement pointed to a virtual map showing lease areas for offshore wind off New Jersey’s coast. He clicked on the legend and added a layer showing where scallop fishing overlaps with potential turbine locations. www.pressofatlanticcity.com
Stockton U. resident assistant held student in closet, groped her while yelling ‘Equal rights!,’ suit says–A former student at Stockton University is suing the university and one of its resident assistant, alleging he publicly groped and harassed her at a party and trapped her in a closet for 10 minutes, leaving her with post-traumatic stress disorder. www.nj.com
You can’t make me shave my beard, born-again Christian firefighter tells N.J. department–An Atlantic City firefighter filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city and the department’s chief and deputy chief after learning he would be suspended without pay unless he shaved his beard, which he has grown out for religious reasons. www.nj.com