South Jersey Politics, Crime Reporting – Thursday’s Roundup

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South Jersey Politics
There’s a battle going on between George Norcross’ South Jersey Democrats and their North Jersey brethren over who will lead the State Assembly next year as Speaker. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Andrew Seidman has the details. Maybe it seems like yet another childish political fight but it should matter to Atlantic County residents at least, since current Speaker Vincent Prieto has not been afraid to cross swords with Norcross’ man in charge of the Senate, Stephen Sweeney, over issues such as the Atlantic City takeover. And if you want more details, read Tuesday’s Politico piece by Matt Friedman on the speaker fight and how the prospect of (independently wealthy) Governor Phil Murphy will do little to water down Norcross’ influence.

Ventnor Pier, via @leannwnuk on Instagram

Crime Reporting
The 2014 disappearance of an Egg Harbor Township man is now being investigated as a homicide after his remains were found this year. This piece of news was not routinely released by the county prosecutor’s office. What happened was local star crime reporter Lynda Cohen noticed that the county had recorded 11 homicides this year and she only knew about 10. Lynda, doing her job, asked about the discrepancy (no one else did) and uncovered the story, potentially opening the door to new information coming to light that matters to the community and the victim’s family. This is another reminder why #localnewsmatters and why you should all go and check out Lynda’s site and come and see us, with Lynda, at the Little Water Distillery next Wednesday to hear what it is exactly that local reporters do, and how you can support our efforts to continue doing it.

In the rest of the news from the last 24 hours, Twitter-famous shark Mary Lee was hanging out off Atlantic City on Wednesday (now she’s off Long Beach Island), Shop Rite has extended its sponsorship of the Seaview Resort-based LPGA event through 2023, and Atlantic City has switched around some concert dates for the summer. All that and more below.

CORRECTION – in yesterday’s Route 40 Roundup, a link to a piece on Atlantic County’s planned legal fight against the PILOT agreement with casinos incorrectly stated the amount the county could spend in that fight. The upper limit for the county’s legal bills on the case is $500,000.

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