Negotiations between Lower Township unions and their employer continues. All of the deals in the township ran out at the end of the year. Deputy Mayor Kevin Lare told Coastal Broadcasting he felt a two percent raise was fair since most employees accepted a zero increase when the township asked them for help last time. Lare also noted that employees are paying more towards their health care costs and are making less money than a couple of years ago.
The widow of the late South Jersey Congressman John Adler announced today that she will run for the congressional seat previously held by her husband. Shelley Adler, a democrat, announced that she will run for Congress in South Jersey’s third district; that seat is currently held by republican and former Philadelphia Eagle Jon Runyan. Shelley Adler lives in Cherry Hill. So far no other democrats have announced their intentions of running for the office.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is making headlines with his mouth again. Christie today reportedly called an openly gay member of the New Jersey Assembly “numbnuts” while he was trying to make some points about gay marriage and civil rights. Christie called democratic Assemblyman Reed Gusciora “numbnuts” while he explained his position on Monday morning. Christie calls criticism of the comments he made today a “politically motivated overreaction”.
Much to the chagrin of many Philadelphia Eagles fans, Juan Castillo will stay on as defensive coordinator of the football team. NFL.com reports that Castillo will stay as the Eagles defensive coordinator even though the Birds missed the playoffs in 2011. Meanwhile, the Eagles have added former interim Miami Dolphins head coach Todd Bowles as the new coach of the defensive secondary.
Lower Township Police are hosting a community meeting next week. it will take place on Tuesday Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Lower Cape May Regional High School Performing Arts Theatre in Erma. The presentation will include crime preventions tips and will introduce cooperative efforts between the citizens and the police department.
It was a two-for-one pizza special in Atlantic City Sunday night. Two pizza delivery men were robbed in separate incidents only ten minutes apart. The first robbery occurred at 7:24pm on the 700 block of North Maryland Avenue. Police are seeking six young black men, including one with a handgun, in the theft of money, a cell phone, keys and pizza. The second robbery occurred at 7:34pm on the 1400 block of Magellan Avenue, where a 53-year-old pizza delivery man was allegedy sprayed in the face with a chemical agent. Police are seeking four suspects in the attack. Both victims suffered only minor injuries. Anyone with information on these attacks is urged to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at (609) 652-1234
So you want an Ivy League education? You’d better have a rich uncle. Princeton University announced Monday that the annual cost of tuition was going up by 4.5 per cent to $51,280 for resident students. It’s the largest jump in six years. Here’s the breakdown for the 2012 school year: $38,650 for tuition, $6,950 for housing, and $5,680 for a full meal plan. The Princeton Board of Trustees also approved a 5.6 percent increase in scholarship money to undergrads. University officials point out that the amount of financial aid has consistently outpaced the rise in fees and tuition. Nearly 60 percent of students get financial aid.
NJ Governor Chris Christie On Monday addressed a question about his nominee for the State Supreme Court. Christie said at a Monday morning news conference that he had knowledge of a settlement between the feds and Philip Kwon’s family regarding a $2 million deposit that was alleged to have been illegally deposited into the Kwon family’s liquor store bank account. Christie said that Kwon, the nominee, had nothing to do with the action and it would not affect his ability to serve on the state’s high court. The governor added that the state Senate could ask Kwon about the case during confirmation hearings.
A new report says a man was shot outside of Atlantic City casino. Michael Trivisonno had walked outside of the Tropicana Casino when he was shot. The Press of Atlantic City reports the man was shot in the back. The Egg Harbor Township man was able to make it to a friend’s house where the authorities were called. Trivisonno is reported to be in stable condition at the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s City Campus. Police are still looking for a suspect.
A new master plan should be released this week in Atlantic City. The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority has held a number of public meetings regarding the tourism district in the resort. The state put the CRDA in charge of the tourism district to make it more friendly to tourists and open up the resort to more guests. A meeting will be held on Wednesday and a final vote is expected to take place on a plan.