Ocean City officials are prepared to vote on the 2014 budget during a meeting on Thursday night. Council will vote on a spending plan worth nearly $70 million that will include a 1.4 cent increase in the municipal tax rate. For the first time in months Council will meet Thursday evening at City Hall, which has been undergoing extensive repairs following Hurricane Sandy.
Democratic leaders from New Jersey’s eight counties in the 2nd Congressional District are standing united behind Bill Hughes Jr. for Congress. The democratic leadership issued a statement on Wednesday saying they are unanimous in their support of Hughes Jr’s. attempt to unseat popular republican Congressman Frank LoBiondo.
Middle Township plans an Arbor Day celebration at Elementary School #2 on Friday. Mayor Tim Donohue today announced that over 600 tree seedlings will be provided to the students and faculty at the school courtesy of the Lomax Consulting Group. Donohue also says the Township has received a grant for the placement of over 1,000 trees in the community to help replace the tree destruction caused by the work on new overpasses for the Garden State Parkway.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is taking his star power out of state next month. Christie will visit Maine to stump for republican Governor Paul LePage, who is facing stiff democratic opposition in the election in that state. Christie will be in Maine on May 7th for the fundraiser which carries a private meet and greet with Christie valued at $1,500.
A 27 year old northern New Jersey man owes $1700 in fines because he failed to use his seat belt on 11 different occassions. 27 year old Jonathan Mendoza of Bloomfield had 11 different violations for seat belt infractions and owes the court fines. For good measure, Mendoza also reportedly owes money for six different violations for driving with a suspended license.
Horse racing fans will be at the Atlantic City Race Track over the next week. The racing season will take place from April 24 to 30, but will be dark on the 28th. The racing card will feature 6 turf races daily, including the 9th Running of the $50,000-Added Tony Gatto Dream Big Stakes. The first post each day will take place at 3:30 pm.
A new report says it will be a huge uphill battle for a Republican to unseat U.S. Senator Cory Booker. He has raised $2.6 million for his campaign currently, leaving him with a 60 to 1 advantage over the closest Republican, according to the Star-Ledger. The report says that Murray Sabrin has raised the most on the GOP side with $42,000 on hand to spend, but Sabrin also loaned himself $10,000.
The on-going investigation into Bridgegate isn’t going to stop anytime soon. The legislative committee looking into the incident has filed four more subpoenas in the matter. Among those who have been told to cooperate are Michael Drewniak, the spokesman for the governor. The committee is investigating if the story presented by the governor’s office is plausible or whether additional abuse of power took place. Gov. Chris Christie claims he had no prior knowledge to the incident before it took place.
A speech by Gov. Chris Christie capped the Walk to Washington on Tuesday. The event is an annual train ride sponsored by the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce that brings politicians together with business leaders to discuss issue. Christie capped the night with a speech saying things are better than they were four years ago, but much more needs to be done to keep the state moving. New Jersey hasn’t recovered as quickly as others from the recession.
One person is dead, a second injured following a violent two vehicle accident on Avalon Boulevard Tuesday afternoon. It happened shortly before 5pm along a stretch of the boulevard in Middle Township. An eastbound vehicle struck a car driven by 61 year old Addison Jones of Langhorne, Pennsylvania. Jones was airlifted from the accident scene; the driver of the other vehicle was killed. The driver of the other vehicle was a 51 year old male; his identity has not been released.