New Jersey Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean Jr. has stripped away leadership roles from two fellow GOP Senators who opposed him last year. The Star Ledger reports that Kean stripped away leadership positions from Kevin O’Toole and Kip Bateman who both tried to bounce Kean as minority leader in 2013. Bateman told the Ledger that it’s simply “sour grapes” by Kean.
A 23 year old New Jersey man has reportedly filed court documents saying he was roughed up excessively by security guards at Harrah’s Casino in Atlantic City. Richard Ravellin of Bergen County has filed suit saying he was smacked in the head by a security official while he attempted to get into a bar at 4:30am. This follows another alleged assault by security personnel at the same casino.
Showdown day comes Tuesday in New Jersey’s “Bridgegate” scandal. An attorney for a legislative committee investigating lane closures near the George Washington Bridge says a former aide to Governor Chris Christie cannot plead the Fifth Amendment and withhold documents relating to the case. The attorney says Bridget Kelly was an employee of the State and must cough up records and evidence relating to the case.
Most New Jersey residents like living in the Garden State. A new poll released by Monmouth University shows that 63 percent of New Jersey residents give a quality of life rating in New Jersey as “excellent”. Men, whites, people aged 55 or older and wealthier residents gave higher scores to the quality of life offered in New Jersey.
Middle Township girls versus Cedar Creek for the South Jersey Group II championship Monday evening. Middle Township seeks to get a little revenge on Cedar Creek, who knocked off the Lady Panthers earlier in the season, 66-39. But that was when the Panthers had some injuries to contend with; Monday night they enter the title game healthy and the hottest team in South Jersey. Tipoff is at 6pm on WCZT with Denis Brown and Phil Pizzi calling the action.
Pleasantville fire officials responded to an apartment fire Sunday afternoon on Chester Avenue. Fire officials say the second and third stories of a duplex were on fire, and it took firemen about a half hour to douse the flames. 16 residents have been displaced, but there were no injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Rumors ran rampant on social media over the weekend about some dogs that were allegedly shot and killed in Cape May County over the weekend. Turns out, they were 15 dead river otters. The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife confirms the otters were likely killed for their skins, which hi s legal to do if you have a valid trapping license.
Sea Isle City’s Council will again discuss the municipal budget during its next meeting Tuesday night. According to an email released by the city, Council continues to have discussions with the administration regarding surplus levels, debt service and anticipated revenues. Council also announced that demolition continues on the former Public Safety Building that was ruined during Hurricane Sandy. Council has bonded a new $11.7 million project for the construction of a new public facility.
A new budget in Middle Township includes a one cent increase in the local purpose tax rate. Middle Township officials introduced the budget last Wednesday evening and it proposes a new tax rate of 46.4 cents per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation. Mayor Tim Donohue says the Township will continue to work on reducing or eliminating that one cent increase. Health care costs will go up this year in Middle Township.
The deadline has arrived for residents who want to run for elected office in Ocean City. Residents have until the end of the day on Monday to submit their petitions for the May 13th election. Mayor Jay Gillian submitted his petition to run on Friday. Four candidates have filed petitions to run for three at large council seats. Ballot placement drawings will be held on Friday at the clerk’s office.