March 22, 2016

A.C. Shutdown and more, in today’s roundup

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Mayor Don Guardian said the Atlantic City will shut down the government on April 8 unless the town receives state aid, just about everyone reports. This crisis has been in the works for months, if not years, and has been a bipartisan effort, but it still comes as a shock to see things reach this point.

The mayor said essential services, including police and fire, will continue but local government functions will cease, until at least May 2. In a speech before the state assembly, Guardian said the state seemed, “hell-bent on playing a real-life game of chicken with our city.” Watch this space for more updates.

Flock of Seagulls and Howard Jones are among the 80s pop stars performing in Asbury Park this summer, the Asbury Park Press reports. Meanwhile I hear Englebert Humperdinck is going to be at the Golden Nugget in A.C.

Travelers at A.C. International Airport are seeing big delays as a result of a shortage of TSA staff and curtailed hours of operation, Laura Stetser at Shore News Today reports. File under: Our Crumbling Infrastructure.

St. Joe’s High School in Hammonton is set to receive a $1 million donation from an alum, who apparently has that kind of money.

A state budget panel was “intrigued” by a proposal to legalize marijuana, with some assembly-persons saying the state should consider the economic impacts and effect on law enforcement. Gordon Johnson, a former police officer, said he’d witnessed firsthand the time and money spent on arrests for pot possession, Politico’s Katherine Landergan reports.

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