Small Town Problems, CRDA Audit, Margategate Redux – Thursday’s Roundup

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It’s A Small Town Thing
Local business person and all-around man about town Mike Einwechter has been charged by Ventnor police with stealing funds raised at a benefit concert he organized for the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. The outrage on Facebook was deafening (and ongoing). Einwechter – who has a large social media presence – apologized there and said he was talking to a lawyer, before logging out of his account.

This is your daily reminder that South Jersey is a Small Town place. And that it’s always worth questioning nonprofit organizations. There are nonprofits running our hospitals and bidding for government contracts that receive much less scrutiny than some guy everyone in a small town has a story about.

Sunset at Tuckahoe Wildlife Management Area, Woodbine – photo by Tim McGlynn. Find more of Tim’s work here and on Instagram (@timmcglynn)

CRDA Audit
Speaking of checking up on government agencies that work with nonprofits, the New Jersey State Auditor’s report on CRDA is due “very soon”. Read more here.

Like Two Sides Of A Coin
Today’s New Jersey Playbook opens with a comparison of NJ Democratic candidates in the North and Central parts of the state versus the South. The point made by Politico’s Matt Friedman is that state Sen. Jeff Van Drew – who wants to replace U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo next year – is “mild” on Trump, apparently critical of his constant Tweeting but not much more. Meanwhile, in the north, anger at Trump is fueling new candidates.

Also, you should read this Christian Hetrick piece for the Observer on Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian kicking the tires of a possible run to replace LoBiondo (along with some other potential Republican candidates).

Margategate Redux
You thought it was all over. The Army Corps has other ideas. They could be heading back to Margate this summer to devise a permanent solution to the pond/swamp/lake issue that marred this summer’s beach time for Margate residents and visitors. Read more via Amy Rosenberg for The Inquirer.

In the rest of the day’s news, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Monday on NJ’s challenge to the nation’s sports betting law, read about the Lakewood housing czar who makes $469,000 despite a conviction, and the Dougherty family (owners of the Knife & Fork, Dock’s etc) is buying the Linwood Country Club. All that and more below:

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