Concerns are growing on what a new legislative map might look like. Plans will be announced by next week on what the new districts are going to look like in New Jersey. The ironic thing, is a Democrat submitted a plan to put two Democratic senators in the same district. The Star-Ledger reports that a letter co-signed by a number of lawmakers suggests that Democratic State Chairman John Wisniewski is trying to put a map together where there is no senator in his district, so he can move from the lower to the upper house.
U.S. Representative Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) was presented today with the “Spirit of Enterprise” award for his strong voting record on critical business issues in the second session of the 111th Congress. Tom Donohue, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, presented LoBiondo with the award at a Capitol Hill ceremony.
“I am pleased to accept the Chamber’s ‘Spirit of Enterprise’ award and honored to work with their members in strengthening our local and national economy,” said LoBiondo. “Given that small businesses are the engine of our economy, we must continue to put forth policies that will give them confidence to hire and invest. I remain committed to working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and South Jersey chapters to grow our economy and get our families back to work.”
In its 23rd year, the Chamber’s “Spirit of Enterprise” award is given annually to members of Congress based on rankings it gives for key business votes outlined in its yearly publication, How They Voted. Those members of Congress who support the Chamber’s position on at least 70% of those votes receive the award. LoBiondo compiled a 88 percent score with the Chamber last year.
“The Chamber is honored to recognize Representative LoBiondo for helping create an environment in which businesses can grow and create jobs,” said Tom Donohue, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber. “He has shown great conviction by standing on the side of business, at a time when it matters most. Today we honor him.”
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.
The Press of Atlantic City reports that 16 cocktail servers were fired from Resorts Casino Hotel because they were supposedly unfit to wear their new costumes. Robert McDevitt, president of Union Local 54 says the new Roaring 20′s costumes for cocktail servers were issued to reduce the number of middle aged servers . Allegedly, a modeling agency representing Resorts decided they did not look good in their new outfits. The union is planning to file a complaint on the dismissals.
Preparations are under way for this weekend’s rodeo at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. According to the Press of Atlantic City, nearly 1,000 cubic yards of dirt were brought into the hall yesterday from Woodbine, and spread all over the hall’s concrete floor. The Atlantic City Boardwalk Rodeo gets underway Friday Night with about 250 cowboys from across the country, performing with 120 bulls, horses and cattle.
The FBI has offered a reward of up to $20,000 to solve the case of 19 year old Nadirah Ruffin, a graduate of Atlantic City High School. Ruffin was abducted Saturday night at gunpoint by four masked suspects. The Press of Atlantic City reports that the reward was offered yesterday at a news conference by FBI pecial Agent Darryl Bazemore and Atlantic Cioty DFeputy Chief Ernest Jubilee. The officials are looking for any information about the missing teen, who has a 4-year-old son.
Cape May Court House – Cape May County Sheriff Gary Schaffer announced on Wednesday that the fifth suspect in the case of distribution of a controlled substance at the Cape May County Correctional Center has been arrested. An outstanding warrant had been issued for the arrest of Katelyn Mosebach of Trevose, Pennsylvania. for Intent to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous substance along with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance in a school zone. Twenty- four year old Mosebach turned herself in Wednesday at the Cape May County Correctional Center. Mosebach was released after posting bail which was set at $25,000 (10% option). Four others, three inmates and one civilian, had already been charged and arrested in the on-going Suboxone investigation.
Taxpayers in Cape May will be happy. A proposed two cent tax increase is down to six-tenths of a cent. Mayor Ed Mahaney said council approved the changes on Tuesday and that all members of council are happy with the budget. The cuts came across departments and represented a group effort, according to the mayor. The public hearing will be held on April 20 for the budget. Final passage is scheduled for May 3.
A naked man was arrested on a porch in Millville. Police there say that Edwin Rodriguez of the 500 block of Richard Drive, was knocking on doors in the nude on Friday. He was charged with obstruction of justice and hindering apprehension. Rodriguez had five previous warrants as well he was arrested on. Police say he told them that he was stripped down after an argument by his boys, near the Union Lake boat ramps.
Could a future President debate in South Jersey? Stockton College has submitted a bid to host a Presidential debate in 2012. The Commission on Presidential Debates are taking in the applications and will make the final decision on the three Presidential and one Vice-Presidential debates. No timetable has been announced for when a decision is expected.
Being governor in New Jersey is powerful, but not powerful enough for Chris Christie. Christie is proposing legislation that would give him more veto power over boards and commissions in the state. Certain groups, like the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission, were able to abuse their power and were unchecked by gubernatorial veto. Most water and sewage commissions do not fall under Christie’s power.