Monthly Archives: July 2011

LOBIONDO ISSUES RELEASE ON LEGISLATION REGARDING DEBT DEBATE

160px-FranklobiondoConcerned with a possible default on U.S. debt obligations, U.S. Representative Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) is cosponsoring the “Prioritize Spending Act” (H.R. 2402) which would establish a set order to which available revenues coming into the U.S. Treasury should be paid out.

“It is deeply regrettable that this legislation is required, but South Jersey seniors and active duty military who rely on the federal government for their livelihoods must be a priority should the nation default,” said LoBiondo.

Introduced by Rep. Daniel Webster (FL-08), the legislation currently has 50 cosponsors and reads as follows:

In the event that the debt of the United States Government, as defined in section 3101 of title 31, United States Code, reaches the statutory limit, amounts necessary for obligations incurred by the Government of the United States shall be made available to the following obligations before all other obligations and shall be made available as prioritized in the following order (with items listed in descending order of prioritization):

(1) Amounts necessary to carry out the authority of the Department of the Treasury provided in section 3123 of title 31, United States Code, to pay with legal tender the principal and interest on debt held by the public.

(2) Such amounts as the Secretary of Defense (and the Secretary of Homeland Security in the case of the Coast Guard) determines to be necessary to continue to provide pay and allowances (without interruption) to members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, including reserve components thereof, who perform active service.

(3) Such amounts as the President certifies to the Congress are necessary to carry out vital national security priorities.

(4) Amounts necessary to carry out the authority of the Commissioner of Social Security to pay monthly old-age, survivors’, and disability insurance benefits under title II of the Social Security Act.

(5) Amounts necessary to make payments under the Medicare program under title XVIII of the Social Security Act.

Additionally, LoBiondo is cosponsoring the “Stop Pay for Members Act” (H.R. 2653) introduced by Representative Jim Cooper (TN-05). The legislation ensures, in the instance of a default, Members of Congress are not paid until all other government obligations are met. LoBiondo has further instructed the Chief Administrative Office (CAO) of the U.S. House of Representatives to withhold his pay until normal government operations are restored.


EQUESTRIAN INJURY SENDS MAN TO HOSPITAL

Middle Township Police say that a man was found crushed between a large horse and a stall wall on Friday. The incident took place near the Cape May County Equestrian Center in North Goshen. Edward Carson, of Woodbine was found with a possible fractured pelvis and he was flown to the Atlantic City Medical Center City Division.

GOVERNOR CHRISTIE RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie spent the night at his home after being hospitalized on Thursday with a bout of asthma.  Christie spoke to reporters outside of the hospital last night telling them that he has not been hospitalized for asthma since he was in law school.  Christie is 48 years old and was feeling sick during the morning on Thursday and asked state troopers to take him to the hospital.  He says he is tired, but feeling fine.

VINCE YOUNG GETS SECOND CHANCE IN PHILADELPHIA

The Philadelphia Eagles have a new backup quarterback.  Veteran Vince Young has signed a one year contract with the team, according to the NFL Network.  Young was cut loose by the Tennessee Titans despite having a winning record as a quarterback.  Young’s career mark, 30 wins and 18 losses.  He has had issues involving his work ethic and passion for the game.

NO NEW DEAL, LAYOFFS POSSIBLE IN MILLVILLE

millville_policeLayoffs could take place to four police officers in Millville.  The Daily Journal reports that bargaining between the union and the city has not created any results. The report says the city said the union would have to accept 12 furlough days in order to avoid any layoffs. The layoffs are schedule to take place Monday. The layoffs could be slightly mitigated by two officers that are planning to retire this year.

VINELAND POLICE OFFICER SUSPENDED FOR DRUNK DRIVING

A Vineland Police Officer has been suspended from his job after pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated, while off-duty. Matthew Laielli had his license taken away during that period after the plea. The suspension is without pay. Laielli entered the plea inside of a Logan Township court, because of a conflict of interest issue in Vineland. He was arrested on May 16 after a two vehicle collision.

GLOBETROTTER TO MAKE LOCAL APPEARANCES IN CAPE MAY COUNTY

170px-Globetrotters_logo_newThe Harlem Globetrotters will be back down in Cape May County on Friday. Harlem Globetrotter Buckets Blakes will attempt to shoot basketballs into Splash Zone’s giant bucket, the notorious Wildwood attraction known for pouring 1,000 gallons of water on the crowd below. He will be making a community tour ahead of the four game series that will take place at the Wildwoods Convention Center. In addition to the visit at Splash Zone, Buckets will read to kids at the Ocean City Library (July 29), serve up cheesesteaks at Tony Luke’s (July 30), and host two free clinics in the Wildwoods (July 30-31).

DANCE CONTEST AND MEMORIES, NORTH WILDWOOD TO REMEMBER “BRISTOL STOMP”

The Lou Booth Amphitheatre is going to be the site of the 50th anniversary of the “Bristol Stomp”. The Dovells are going to perform on Aug. 13 at 8 p.m. for this free concert. There will be a dance contest, which will feature concert-goers dancing their best “Bristol Stomp,” with cash prizes being awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Dancers will be judged by expert “Bristol Stompers” during the competition, and contestants will be eliminated as the dancing goes on until the top “Stompers” remain on the dance floor.

“ESCAPE THE CAPE” WRAPS UP WITH LESSONS LEARNED

Cape May County logoThe exercise concluded on Thursday by local and county officials, determining what course of action they would take if a category 1 hurricane hit in Cape May County. “Escape the Cape” continued on Thursday with representatives from the state coming down to help. It took place at the Cape May County Technical School. Cape May County Emergency Management Coordinator Frank McCall told Coastal Broadcasting that one of the main objectives is to find out where their are gaps in coverage to avoid the problem from surfacing during a real event. All the local municipalities had representatives there to go through the simulation.