Rowan v Stockton, Water and Icahn – Tuesday’s Roundup

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Rowan v Stockton
Since we wrote about Stockton’s interest in Atlantic City’s Bader Field site (the Press of Atlantic City has more details on that project here) we’ve heard a lot of people questioning everything from Stockton’s debt load to its tuition fees, so we thought we’d look at the raw numbers and also see how Stockton stacks up against its neighbor, Rowan University. Stockton University is still small, compared to Rowan (which has medical schools), and although its tuition is slightly higher, there’s not much in it. You can see the detailed breakdown here, comparing everything from SAT scores to the number of state-funded personnel.

A state legislative committee yesterday proposed a bill that would force water companies to perform audits to see how much water is wasted before reaching customers.  Maybe it seems odd that – as businesses – they don’t already do that, but apparently they’re not required to. Close to one third of the state’s drinking water leaks out before it gets to the consumer, according to state estimates. NJ Spotlight has the details.

State politicians yesterday dallied with making another attempt to curb the rights of billionaire dealmaker Carl Icahn in Atlantic City, but in the end they failed to take any action. Senate President Steve Sweeney yesterday proposed a bill that would have overridden Gov. Christie’s veto of legislation that would have blocked Icahn from reopening the Taj Mahal casino with non-union employees. Sweeney pulled the bill before a vote, The Press of Atlantic City reports. Icahn has said he plans to sell the property.

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The rest of yesterday and today’s main local news includes Kevin Riordan’s piece looking at KKK messages in South Jersey, a look at how the local races for state assembly and senate are shaping up, more questions about the price of overdose-antidote meds and the fight over funding for New Jersey’s sanctuary cities.

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