South Jersey Politics
We took a deep dive into the campaign finance filings for the recent Atlantic City mayoral primary and found some interesting details about who wants to influence the city’s future government (full story on Route 40 here). The Cumberland County Democratic Organization spent more than the Atlantic County equivalent, for one thing, and there were a lot of fascinating one-off contributions (including from a New York-based SoulCycle top exec – could we dare to dream SoulCycle is interested in South Jersey?) You can also download our database of the campaign contributions (it’s harder to sell ads for watchdog reporting, so data downloads help support our reporting costs. Don’t want Excel spreadsheets, but like our work? Become a supporting member!)
Judge Julio Mendez, who has the unenviable job of acting as umpire on the matter of the state’s takeover of Atlantic City, issued a ruling yesterday that opens a door to rolling back the state-imposed new work schedule if safety is compromised. Judge Mendez said the 56-hour work week did not reach the level of “retaliation” but he did have serious concerns about safety – Lynda Cohen has the details at BreakingAC.com.
Separately, Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo is pushing to pass a bill that would prevent the state from laying off Atlantic City first responders, unless early-retirement initiatives are offered first (read more here via The Press of Atlantic City).
File under Local Government & Local News Are Both Broken: Longport residents are bothered by all the parking on Atlantic Avenue this summer, as the borough is permitting ocean-side parking while work on the Point revetment continues. The borough changed an ordinance to allow parking there, which meant it had to pay for legal notices in newspapers and discuss and vote on the measure at a public meeting. No one turned up to the June meeting to object to the change, but now it’s in effect residents say the parking is hazardous – and they didn’t know about the meeting in June (details via The Current).
In the rest of the day’s news, there are bargains galore at the Taj Mahal liquidation sale, here’s a neat feature on a local cyclist who’s competing internationally, and Carl Icahn’s Tropicana bought the Chelsea Hotel. All that and more below: