If Republicans had their choice, Gov. Chris Christie would be their third option to run for President in 2016. A new poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University says that Christie trails both former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. The numbers show that Christie does best with moderates, but his numbers sink with conservatives. Democrats seem to be having a much easier time, with a majority wanting Hillary Clinton to make a run for the oval office.
A 22 year-old Ventnor woman was jogging on the boardwalk at about 10 p.m. Sunday night when she was grabbed from behind by an attacker. The victim was placed in a choke hold and eventually broke free and called police. Arrested on charges of simple assault and criminal attempted sexual contact was 18 year-old Allis Chalmers-Guzman, who is being held in the Atlantic County Jail on $50,000 bail. The victim suffered no significant physical injuries.
The test run of a boat resulted in an engine fire and rescue near Sea Isle City on Monday afternoon. An employee of Minmar Marina was working on the boat and took it out in the back bay for a test run at about 2 p.m. The engine caught fire and was reportedly extinguished by Sea Isle City Fire Department Chief Frank Edwardi Sr. New Jersey State Police are investigating the incident and no injuries were reported.
About 50 family members and friends of 19 year-old Alexis Yamil Perez held a vigil outside his home on Monday night. Perez was shot and killed by three Pleasantville police officers last week, after allegedly making threats with a knife and a rock. The group included neighborhood activists who claim the victim did not pose an immediate threat and want the officers held accountable for his death. The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating the case and has not released any information to the public.
Governor Chris Christie will be holding one of his Town Hall meetings Tuesday afternoon in Long Beach Township. Christie will meet with LBI residents at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday afternoon at the St. Francis of Assisi Parish Community Center, along with local officials, including Mayor Joseph Mancini. A major issue on LBI involves ocean front property owners not signing and returning easements to allow a beach-fill project to begin along 12 miles of storm-ravaged beachfront.
In the six months since Superstorm Sandy hit the shores of New Jersey, survivors have been rebuilding their communities with more than $1.1 billion in federal funding. As part of the rebuilding effort the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved $388 million in assistance to more than 60,500 individuals and households affected by Sandy. Of that financial help, $334.5 million has gone to items such as home repair and rental assistance, and $53.4 million has been dedicated to basic needs not covered by insurance.
The Small Business Administration has approved more than $734 million in low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses, with more than $607.6 million going to homeowners and $138.8 million allocated to businesses. The loans have been a significant source of working capital for small businesses to help alleviate economic losses.
Camden no longer has its own police force. County policing will now be in charge of making sure the city is safe. The new department will be known as the Camden County Police Metro Division. There currently is about 260 officers, but that could expand to nearly 400 by the end of the year. The plans were initially presented last August when it was announced the entire police department was going to let go in favor of the county force.
Its been six months since Hurricane Sandy, and New Jersey continues to work towards recovery. While two-thirds of those in the hardest hit areas are now back to normal, about 1-in-7 are far from recovery, according to a new Monmouth University. Nearly 3-in-4 New Jerseyans say they are very (31%) or somewhat (42%) satisfied with the state’s recovery effort so far. Only 20% are dissatisfied.
A home health aid has been arrested for stealing a lock box containing $45,000. Lower Township Police say they arrested Lisa McGraw. Authorities say the woman came into the home while the family was out at a funeral. The 48-year-old was arrested following a seven-month investigation. Bail was set at $20,000. McGraw faces third degree burglary and theft charges.
A missing Middle Township man has been found safe and sound. Police advised the media on Monday afternoon that Arthur Coleman, an 84-year-old man had gone missing. Coleman has poor eyesight and suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and was registered with Project Lifesaver.