Singles, Beach Water Testing, Airbnb – Monday’s Roundup

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Atlantic City ranks higher than Nashville, New Orleans, San Diego and a whole lot of other destination cities in a new Travel & Leisure magazine survey of the best cities and towns for singles. Kudos to PhillyVoice for picking up on this and noting that the magazine also credited AC with being “a favorite destination for girlfriend getaways.” (In almost completely unrelated news, but possibly of interest to South Jersey politics buffs, picture no. 20 in this gallery shows PhillyVoice CEO Lexie Norcross (daughter of George) with an arm around AC developer du jour Joe Jingoli at a swanky Cooper event earlier this year.)

Beach Water Testing
Sen. Bob Menendez and Congressman Frank Pallone are pushing for a state update to a 17-year-old national law governing beach testing requirements. The state tests its beaches once a week on Mondays. But Clean Ocean Action and other advocates say that research since the law was first enacted shows, for instance, that testing should be required after rainstorms, when sewage is still getting into the water. Menendez also said that federal funding for water testing – $9 million a year, nationally – is under threat as the Trump administration reassesses environmental spending. Read more via NJTV.

In a move with repercussions for coastal towns across New Jersey, Gov Chris Christie on Friday vetoed legislation that would have taxed Airbnb and other online rental marketplaces in the same way as hotels are taxed. Christie said the tax would hurt property owners and likely renters. The Democratic sponsors of the legislation saw it as a revenue source for the state’s many cash-strapped municipalities. Read more here via NJ Advance.

In the rest of the day’s news: It’s not just Murphy or Guadagno: Read about some of the other candidates here, Sandy fraud payments top $5 million, here’s a detailed look at the prescription drug database that helped officials bust the Egg Harbor Township-based Oxy ring last week, there’s another great white shark visiting AC’s waters this week, at least one person thinks Jersey Shore > Philly for bikeability, two were wounded in separate Atlantic City shootings overnight, and South Jersey diabetes cases are still rising even as nationally cases are declining. All that and more below:

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