Congressman Frank LoBiondo has been busy fundraising for his upcoming reelection bid. The campaign for LoBiondo announced that he has raised $290,000 in the past three months, bringing his overall total to $1.27 million. These documents were filed with the state prior to the Tuesday deadline. LoBiondo will have a primary and if successful, a general election opponent.
Representatives from Cape May County visited Trenton last week over local dredging concerns. Freeholder Marie Hayes spoke with Coastal Broadcasting, saying that she first learned of the sweeping concern during her reelection bid last year when it was brought up. Hayes said it was a good meeting and the state took the meeting very seriously. Hayes says she brought a list of local concerns that will be looked over by the state and they hope to make the process to get dredging work done more easy in the future.
Many locally still haven’t found work and have lost their benefits. Congressman Frank LoBiondo held a press conference this week and spoke with Coastal Broadcasting about the issue. LoBiondo told us he wants more attention paid to the unemployed in South Jersey, where the unemployment rate is in the double digits. The Congressman also noted the problem with the national unemployment rate is it only tracks people still looking for work and not those who have given up the search all together.
Upper Township residents will see roughly a three cent increase to their tax bill. A new budget was passed by the committee there this week. Mayor Richard Palumbo tells Coastal Broadcasting the township incurred more than $691,000 in expenses this year from tax appeals, a payment for the revaluation, and health insurance. Palumbo said the township looked for savings where possible, but they had a large hill to overcome.
A Vineland man who was shot died as a result of those injuries. Police there say they are looking into the death of Arthur Rease. Rease had been shot in his back on Monday with a semi-automatic rifle at his Park Avenue residence. He had been airlifted to Copper Trauma Center for treatment. Police say Rease passed away Tuesday morning around 2 am. Vineland Police are asking anyone with information to come forward in the case.
You might not get your phone call answered if you didn’t support Gov. Chris Christie. The revelations came out of documents released by the attorneys hired by the governor’s office, who did a review on Bridgegate. It was also revealed that the law firm didn’t record the interviews or keep transcripts of what was said. Instead they generalized the interviews.
A majority of the state supports lessen laws against marijuana possession and eliminating penalties all together for minimal possession. The Rutgers-Eagleton poll released on Tuesday shows the state is split on decriminalization of all marijuana possession. The poll showed that people absolutely believe the laws should be relaxed when it comes to marijuana.
A poker event that was shut down after the discovery of a cheater has reached a settlement with others involved. The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is paying back the entry fee to everyone who didn’t make the top 450 in their winter poker tournament and $19,323 to each of the 27 players still in the tournament at the time of it being shut down. It was discovered that Christian Lusardi, of Fayatteville, N.C. brought fake chips into the event and had tried to flush $2.7 million in fake chips down the toiley.
An agreement between the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority and the City of Wildwood would move money around in the TDF to figure out how to pay for additional event support. The deal was put in place to ensure that certain beach events didn’t leave the beach in Wildwood. GWTIDA Chairman Tom Byrne told Coastal Broadcasting the plan would be to use existing funding the TDF had and take that money to help cover the additional cost for these beach events.
The City of Wildwood has raised its fees for this year on events to cover certain costs it deems the events do not pay for. Morey’s Piers threatened to move three of its beach events to surrounding communities if the ordinance wasn’t repealed.
An official announcement of the agreement is expected to be released later today.
March was another down month for the gaming industry in Atlantic City. New win figures show that the casinos posted a 1.9 percent drop in gaming revenue compared to the same month one year ago. The casinos took in only $221 million in revenue in March. Internet gaming was responsible for nearly $12 million in revenue.