Atlantic City’s state senator isn’t thrilled with Caesars interest in acquiring another casino. A Bloomberg story said that Caesars was interested in purchasing Revel, which went through bankruptcy. Senator Jim Whelan thinks that Caesars would have too much say in Atlantic City, as it already owns four casinos. Plus, Caesars and Tropicana purchased out the Atlantic Club and closed that casino.
The South Jersey resident known as the New Jersey Weedman will not be going to jail. A judge in Burlington County has ruled that Edward Forchion will not have to serve any additional time in jail on a drug charge following a motor vehicle stop nearly four years ago. Forchion has been very public about his enjoyment of marijuana and even sought elected office.
A shooting took place early Thursday morning at a bar in Wildwood. The Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office says that Kenneth Clarke was shot in the calf at 12:08 a.m. at Cattle and Clover. Clarke was taken to an area hospital for treatment of his injuries and was later released. Police are looking for additional information from the public to assist with an arrest. Please call 465-2800 if you have information that could lead to an arrest.
Students who attend the Middle Township School District may soon be allowed to bring their electronic devices to the classroom. The Middle Township Gazette reports that the district is considering a shift in policy that would allow students to use tablets, cell phones, and other devices during instructional periods. The measure was introduced by the school board two weeks ago.
You can get to the Super Bowl if you don’t mind shelling out about 15 Ben Franklins. The Star Ledger reports that tickets for the Super Bowl on Sunday in New Jersey have dropped to about $1500 per ticket. Ticket prices on the average on multiple websites have dropped by about $100 dollars apiece over the last 24 hours.
Temperatures hit -1 on Thursday morning at the Atlantic City Airport. The National Weather Service says that is a new low for Jan. 30. The previous record was 5 degrees above zero in 2000. The arctic blast continues to impact South Jersey, but should make way for some warmer weather this weekend.
Senate President Steve Sweeney says he has a plan to force towns to consolidate, push the property tax cap to zero. Sweeney told the Times of Trenton that he wants to push for the zero tax cap for several years in an attempt to force towns to share service or merge with other towns. Sweeney did not that he didn’t talk with Gov. Chris Christie or the Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto about the plan as of yet.
There’s a new entry into the race for City Council in Ocean City. The Ocean City Gazette reports that Pete Madden, a member of the city’s Board of Education, will run for an at-large Council seat in the resort this may. Madden is 36 years old and was recently elected to a three year term on the school board. Also announcing their candidacies, current Mayor Jay Gillian and Councilman Mike Allegretto.
It’s just a matter of time before New Jersey leads the nation in foreclosures. The Star Ledger reports today that a chief economist for CoreLogic believes the Garden State will soon take the lead in this dubious category. Since the housing market crash six years ago, Florida has led the nation in foreclosures with New Jersey right behind. But Florida has been reselling homes at a much faster rate than New Jersey.