Trump-Less Taj, EHT Schools, NJ Corruption and Safe Communities – Wednesday’s Roundup

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Trump-Less Taj
The Eighth Wonder of the World, also known as the Trump Taj Mahal, is now just the Taj Mahal, Route 40 reported yesterday. We were on the boardwalk as workers were bringing down the President’s name from that side of the building. Today they are working on the signs next to the property’s parking garage. It’s not clear when the name will come down from the hotel tower, but we were told that the orders are to remove every last vestige of Trump from the property. Billionaire owner Carl Icahn has said he intends to sell the casino.

EHT Schools
Egg Harbor Township schools need to trim $6.6 million from their budget and that means teachers’ jobs are on the block. The district has already cut services including all freshman sports and other activities with low participation from the High School, but has not come close to closing its budget gap. And even after it manages to cut teacher jobs, the Township’s tax rate will still rise: “Even with the elimination of dozens of teaching and other positions, the proposed budget would raise the school tax rate by 6 cents to $2.01 per $100 of assessed property value,” reports Laura Stetser in The Current. Separately – an EHT middle-schooler was suspended last week after bringing a knife and a “kill list” to school. That story also via Stetser for The Current here.

NJ Corruption
A New Jersey state senator wants to make it easier to strip corrupt public officials of their taxpayer-funded pensions. The senator behind the bill is a Republican – Jennifer Beck of Monmouth County – and she needs Democrat support to get the bill out of committee, where it’s been stuck for a year, NJ Spotlight reports. Meanwhile, The Asbury Park Press revealed that convicted criminal officials in the state are collecting more than $1 million in public pensions. In other watchdog news, NJ Spotlight also reports today that the state’s election watchdog could finally come out of cold storage, just in time for this year’s elections.

Safe Communities
The Press of Atlantic City takes a look at the Coalition For A Safe Community, which recently expanded to Egg Harbor City, building on its work in Atlantic City and Pleasantville. “The coalition wants to improve the community’s trust in the police department, get children involved in wellness activities and start beautification projects around the city,” the Press reports here.

The rest of today’s stories include a pickup in January’s casino revenue, a Margate bike and pedestrian safety grant and program and New Jersey’s efforts to rein in billionaires. All that and more below:

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