PokerStars, you are not welcome in New Jersey for at least two years. The internet gaming company was informed by state regulators this week that it is barred from doing any business in this state for at least two years. A reported federal indictment hangs over PokerStars, which lobbied heavily for internet gambling in New Jersey. PokerStars was going to work with Resorts Casino on an internet gambling project.
If you are lucky enough to get Super Bowl tickets for the February game in New Jersey, save up for parking. The Star Ledger reports that each parking space at MetLife Stadium will go for $150, which is about five to six times higher than the normal rate. The reason? Fox Sports equipment trucks will eat up a large amount of the parking at the stadium, so parking will be at a premium.
Yeah, he’s going to run for President of the United States. That’s the opinion of New Jersey residents who believe Governor Chris Christie is setting himself up to run for President. A new Monmouth University poll suggests that 69 percent of state residents think Christie will make a bid for the White House. The poll also shows that Christie would beat Hillary Clinton here in the Garden State by three percentage points if the election were held this week.
An event will be held Thursday morning to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Cape May County Fare Free transportation. Freeholder Marie Hayes and staff members will hold the celebration tomorrow inside the lobby of the county’s administration building at Crest Haven. Fare Free transportation was the first transportation service of its kind ever offered in the Garden State.
The Obama Administration announced today that more than 3,200 New Jersey residents are now enrolled in Obamacare. The Star Ledger reports today that most of those enrollments occurred after the troubled website was fixed in recent weeks; only 741 registered during the first month. New Jersey is one of 36 states in the nation that gave control over its health exchange to the federal government.
An Assembly committee meets Thursday and will consider a new bill that could bring casino gaming to Bergen County in northern New Jersey. The new bill would create a Casino Gaming Study Commission that would explore casino operations in other parts of the state besides Atlantic City. Some lawmakers believe that if casinos are approved for North Jersey, it could be a final crushing blow to the casino industry in Atlantic City.
A developing story out of Absecon this morning. A branch of TD Bank located on Route 30 was robbed shortly before 9am today. Absecon Police are not saying much about the robbery this morning, but the suspect did flee the bank. The branch is now closed pending the investigation.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will be in Vermont tonight for a sold out republican fundraiser. Vermont republican leaders are thrilled that Christie is coming to their state; they say his star power has sold out their big fundraising event. Christie is the chairman of the Republican Governor’s Association and he will be making fundraising stops in key states.
No one hit the Mega Millions lottery jackpot last night. New Jersey Lottery officials announced that there were no big winners in the Mega Millions, but someone from the Garden State is holding on to a ticket worth $1 million. 20 drawings in a row, no top prize winner, now the top jackpot for Friday night’s drawing is an estimated $400 million.
Atlantic County has struck a deal with the Richard Stockton College to provide a countywide emergency dispatching system. The Press of Atlantic City reports that all emergency calls will go through the dispatch center. Stockton has donated the land for the facility, which will cost just over $17 million.
Democratic Congressman Albio Sires of New Jersey is quite unhappy with the President of the United States. Sires says he was disappointed to see President Barack Obama shake hands with Cuban dictator Raul Castro during a memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Sires is a Cuban-American and has been highly critical of the Castro regime in Cuba.
An extraordinarily tight election in Atlantic County is finally over. Republican Assemblyman John Amodeo has conceded defeat to democrat Vince Mazzeo for one of the two Assembly seats up for grabs during last month’s election. More than 50,000 votes were cast and Amodeo lost by only 39 votes. Mazzeo will join republican Chris Brown in the Assembly.
It’s a full day off for students at Atlantic Cape Community College. The college announced today that it has cancelled evening classes as a result of the wintry mix of weather that fell over South Jersey. Daytime classes were also cancelled earlier today. It’s very likely that classes will resume on Wednesday morning.
The Upper Township community is mourning the weekend passing of former clerk and committeewoman Barbara Camp. Camp passed away at the age of 70 on Saturday. Camp was a longtime clerk in the Township before running for a seat on the Township Committee. Camp was the first woman to hold elected office in Upper Township. In 1995, Camp was named the Municipal Clerk of the Year in the state of New Jersey.
47 days, about 700 same sex weddings in New Jersey. The Associated Press reports that 700 same sex marriages have occurred in the month and a half that gay weddings have been legalized in New Jersey. The Garden State experienced its first same sex wedding back on October 21st, the day they became legal.
Much ado about nothing at all. The snowstorm that brought a few inches of snow to northern New Jersey produced no accumulating snow in Cape May County on Tuesday. Rain switched over to snow during the late morning hours before all of the precipitation ended during early afternoon. There’s another shot of wet weather moving in for the weekend, right now the forecast is for rain.
Lada Gaga is coming to Atlantic City. Gaga’s tour will make a stop at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on June 28th. Tickets for the show go on sale Monday, December 18th. They will be very hard to get; Gaga’s “ARTPOP Ball” tour has been sold out in every city its stopped in, to date.
November gaming revenues are out, and they show a significant improvement over revenues posted one year ago. Atlantic City casinos took in just over $224 million in gaming revenues last month which is nearly 30 percent more revenue earned in November, 2012. Last year casinos struggled to attract any customers following the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy.
If you have Eagles-Bears football tickets for December 22nd, your plans have changed. The NFL announced that the game has been flex scheduled to be the feature game on NBC on Sunday Night Football. The game will likely have significant playoff implications for the National Football Conference. Kickoff has been moved to 8:30pm.
If you have a spare $25 million, you may be able to own a casino in Atlantic City. The Atlantic Club Casino Hotel goes up for auction next week, and the minimum bid that will be accepted for the property is $25 million. The casino is trying to get sold through a bankruptcy auction, which will occur on December 17th.