January 21, 2016

Snow! Bankruptcy Listicles! Borgata Debt and More, in today’s Roundup

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NJ.com’s Brent Johnson has a listicle on things you should know about the possible bankruptcy being floated by Atlantic City officials. Foremost being: They need the state’s permission to declare it. “The last time a New Jersey municipality declared bankruptcy was Fort Lee in 1932 — in the middle of the Great Depression.”

Friendly reminder, the Press of A.C.’s John Santore was reporting Gov. Christie might use a PILOT veto to force regionalization of the A.C. Police Department and privatization of other city agencies, back in November.

Meanwhile the Press’s Reuben Kramer reports on the $168 million the city owes the Borgata after the casino successfully appealed its property taxes. Mayor Don Guardian yesterday “floated two potential paths to resolution” of this debt, neither particularly appealing to the executive jobs-creators who brought you such innovations as the Borgata Babe.

Longtime South Jersey high school football coach Vince McAneney has died, the Courier-Post reports. McAneney coached for 36 seasons at a number of schools around the Delaware Valley.

NJ Spotlight has a Q&A with the director of the NJ Farm Bureau, Peter Furey, who told the ‘light that, “the cost and availability of seasonal labor” was the biggest “struggle” for the state’s farmers.

Bob Patterson enters the race for NJ’s first congressional district. PolitickerNJ nicely analyzes.

Apparently it’s going to snow. Maybe? We’ve been over this.

Big high school basketball tournament at Holy Spirit this weekend. Games run noon to 7pm Saturday and Sunday. The legendary Tom Williams reports. Admission’s six dollars.

A Woowich man was sentenced to six years in prison for running a Ponzi scheme. Distressed homes, real estate fraud, etc. Jeff Blumenthal of the Philadelphia Business Journal reports.

Quail! They’re apparently all over South Jersey. Or soon will be, after a reintroduction project that began last April. Numbers had fallen off dramatically from the 1960s through the beginning of this decade.

And 59% of New Jerseyans questioned said they would support (subscription) a constitutional amendment to require quarterly pension payments by the state, according to a Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll. Himself (Chris Christie) devoted a goodly chunk of the State of the State speech to criticizing such payments.

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