The Philadelphia Eagles made a splash in free agency on Tuesday by signing former Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins to a three year contract. Jenkins will get over $16 million with the new deal. To make room on the roster, the Eagles cut veteran defensive back Patrick Chung.
So-called resort houses would be restricted only to the hotel-motel zone in Avalon if a new ordinance is approved by Borough Council Wednesday night. Council may pass a new law that would prevent large homes from being rented as commercial businesses with no regard for the quality of life in the neighborhood. Other communities, including Cape May, are also addressing the resort house issue.
If a new bill becomes law in New Jersey, employers will not be able to punish their workers who are unable to make it to work due to harsh weather conditions that force the declaration of a state of emergency. A new bill was introduced by Senator Peter Barnes III that would protect state workers who cannot make it into work during bad weather. The new bill would prevent employers from requiring employees to use sick or vacation time if they can’t make it in.
The Christie administration has won another round in court on New Jersey’s affordable housing regulations. The New Jersey Supreme Court gave the administration a stay in coming up with a plan to administer affordable housing guidelines per a lower court ruling. If the stay did not occur, administration officials would have had to meet this week to begin the implementation of various affordable housing rules.
A 38 year old New Jersey man was charged with drunk driving in Pennsylvania even after he passed a blood alcohol content test. The Courier Times reports that Omar Davis of Hamilton had a .04 blood alcohol content, nearly half the legal limit, yet still was arrested on a DUI. A trooper found Davis asleep at the wheel with a child inside the car; he had been drinking non-alcoholic beer which has a very low alcohol content.
Tuesday was a big day in court for the Chris Christie “Bridgegate” scandal. Attorneys for two of Christie’s aides say their clients did nothing illegal, and the entire matter is just driven by politics. Attorneys for both Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Stepien argued that their clients are clear and this matter needs to go away. Both former Christie aids have refused to turn over documents during the investigation.
A woman has been arrested in bomb threats in Hamilton Township. Kemon Powell, of Vineland, was arrested on Tuesday in addition to Raheem Brown who was arrested last month. On Feb. 4, there was a report of a bomb threat at Hess Middle School, followed by another bomb threat at Shaner Elementary School. Both people have been charged in the incident. Bail was set at $500,000 for both.
More than 40,000 people visited the legendary Boardwalk Hall for the three-day 2014 NJSIAA State High School Wrestling Championship tournament (March 7-9), according to Global Spectrum, operators of Boardwalk Hall. The event directly contributed $4.3 million in spending to the local Atlantic City economy. A yearly tradition in the high school wrestling community, Championship weekend in Atlantic City has become a celebration of the sport and the highlight of the year among high school wrestlers, coaches, families and fans.
A man running from the law for six weeks was brought into custody this week. New Jersey State Police say they arrested Paul Willoughby, 20, of Fairlfield Township. Willoughby managed to elude authorities for over a month by using multiple locations as hide-outs. Willoughby was wanted in the the January 16 murder of Jermarl Dawkins that occurred at the Burlington Manor Apartments in Bridgeton City. Willoughby is accused of shooting Dawkins multiple times before fleeing. Bail was set at $750,000.
Gov. Chris Christie is losing support by the day. A new Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind Poll says the governor has lost 20 percent in his approval rating since November. The poll says 41 percent of the state approve while 44 percent disapprove. Christie’s plummeting approval ratings are almost all thanks to the Bridgegate controversy.