Sewage Leak Stopped, Taxes & Healthcare, Rip Currents – Thursday’s Roundup

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Sewage Leak Stopped
The leak that was spilling sewage into waterways near Bader Field in Atlantic City has been stopped, but repair work to the pipe is continuing, the Atlantic County Utilities Authority reported this morning. Water testing and monitoring in the area, as well as the precautionary suspension of shellfish harvesting, also continues. Updates via ACUA here.

Egg Harbor Township Nature Reserve via Matt Gerhardt (@mattgern on Instagram)

Taxes & Healthcare
The latest GOP tax plan doesn’t look too friendly to New Jersey residents, since the proposal would eliminate the federal deduction for state and local taxes (read more on that via wires and Burlington County Times).  In more not-so-good-news for New Jersey’s collective finances, the Children’s Health Insurance Program is three days away from being eliminated if the U.S. Congress doesn’t take action to renew it.  New Jersey might have enough money to pay for its Children’s Health Insurance Program through Spring, NJ Spotlight reports (but a lot of other states would be really screwed).

Rip Currents
2017 has been the deadliest year for rip currents on record, with eight deaths due on New Jersey beaches this year, reports. Experts attribute the record to back-to-back storms and the particularly active hurricane season. Separately, a woman and her dog walking along the Atlantic City beach at Vermont Avenue were knocked down by a storm surge and dragged into the water yesterday (AC’s Beach Patrol reported that both were safe though very wet).

In the rest of the day’s news, New Jersey climate experts gathered yesterday to talk about plans for tackling extreme storms and climate change (spoiler alert: there is no plan), the Atlantic Club owners told authorities they will fix the recently-collapsed porte cochere, Ventnor Heights’ Wawa closed and a post about it on Facebook drew 84 tearful emojis, read (and watch) this wide-ranging interview with Rep. Frank LoBiondo by SNJ Today, and the public has some questions about the Atlantic County master plan. All that and more below:

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