New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez emphatically denies that he had anything to do with underage prostitutes from the Dominican Republic. The Miami Herald reported on Wednesday that the FBI investigated a Florida doctor who allegedly supplied the prostitutes to Menendez. Menendez says that yes, the Senator did travel on a plane owned by the Florida doctor, but he did engage in any activity with prostitutes. Menendez’ office says the allegations are politically motivated.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie made various appointments to state-run authorities and councils this week. Among them, Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi was reappointed to another term on the state’s Tidelands Resource Council. North Cape May resident Brian McEwing was appointed to the New Jersey Maritime Pilot and Docking Pilot Commission. Former Absecon Mayor Peter Elco will be appointed to serve on the South Jersey Transportation Authority.
Count former New Jersey Governor Jim Florio among those who believe the nation’s gun control laws need to be updated. Florio appeared at an event in Jersey City on Wednesday and stressed the need for real gun reform laws in the United States. You may remember Florio signed into law an assault weapons ban in New Jersey back in 1990. Florio says it makes no sense that an individual on a terrorist watch list cannot board an airplane in this county, but he or she can buy a gun.
Some strong words from New Jersey Congressman Frank LoBiondo regarding new proposed FEMA flood maps that have been signed into law by Governor Chris Christie. In a report in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer, LoBiondo says quote “FEMA is almost condemning properties the way they are handling this” and he says that new flood maps must have a semblance of the real word. The new flood maps require some homes to be elevated or their owners could face very high flood insurance premiums.
Marie Hayes, Stig Blomkvest, or someone else? County republicans will gather this evening to choose a new freeholder. The candidate selected will fill the unexpired term of Susan Sheppard, who resigned from her freeholder seat after winning a race for Cape May County Surrogate. Hayes is from Ocean City, Blomkvest is from Lower Township. Whomever is selected this evening will be sworn in to office later this week.
A report in today’s Miami Herald suggests that a doctor in Florida may have supplied prostitutes to New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez. A report in the Herald says the FBI raided an office of a doctor who may have supplied underage Dominican Republic prostitutes to Menendez. The doctor is identified as Salomon Melgen, who reportedly has various tax troubles. Menendez has flatly denied the allegations.
The most successful basketball coach in Wildwood High School history collected his 600th careeer victory last night. The Wildwood Lady Warriors knocked off Cape May Tech, 60-46 last night to earn Troiano his 600th career coaching victory. Troiano has been the coach for the past three and a half decades; this year, his team has posted a 12-5 record. Wildwood has won four New Jersey Group I basketball tournaments during Troiano’s career.
Cape Christian Academy is trying to add a gymnasium onto its building, and so far more than half of the money has been raised to complete the goal. The Middle Township Gazette reports that more than half of the $250,000 needed to build a full sized gym at the academy has been raised. The new gymnasium would include a full sized basketball court, and could host volley balls, plays, and various performances.
If the New Jersey Turnpike Authority doesn’t borrow $1.4 billion, the project to remove the traffic lights on our end of the Garden State Parkway would stop in the middle of May. That’s according to a new report in the Star Ledger, which says the authority is taking out a huge bond to continue various projects on the Parkway and New Jersey Turnpike. The CFO for the authority says revenue is down $280 million, and the authority is spending $280 million monthly on various capital projects.
The National Weather Service has posted a High Wind Warning for Cape May County. A strong front that is responsible for tornadoes in the south today will push east throughout the day, and this evening strong gusty winds of 60mph are possible before the front arrives. The strongest winds are expected to be just a few miles away from the beaches. It’s possible we could see some strong storms, rain and gusty winds through the overnight hours.