A new report says its a blowout when looking at fundraising for the U.S. Senate race. U.S. Senator Cory Booker has a $3.5 million edge over Republican challenger Jeff Bell, according to the Asbury Park Press. For the last quarter, Bell only raised $72,000 and loaned himself $35,000 according to the story. Booker is widely considered likely to win reelection.
The Coast Guard and local responders are searching Monday for a 45-year-old man who was reported missing Sunday after a boating accident near Longport, New Jersey. Missing is Andrew Bittle. Personnel from Longport Police contacted Coast Guard watchstanders at approximately 11:30 p.m. Sunday and reported a boater swam to shore after being in a boating accident aboard a pontoon boat. The boater stated the pontoon’s operator was missing.
The former highway safety director for Atlantic County has passed away at the age of 71. Michael Schurman died over the weekend after battling Alzeimer’s Disease for four years. Schurman was better known in our area for being a weekend news anchor on NBC40. He also served as past president of the Press Club of Atlantic City.
The former fire chief in Cape May is considering a run for City Council. The Cape May Gazette reports that Jerry Inderweis Jr. is considering a run for Council when three seats come up for a vote in November. Inderweis Jr. told the Gazette that he’s picked up a petition and is thinking about running for Council. The deadline to file a petition is Septmeber 2nd.
A loan officer who worked at Wells Fargo will be spending two years in prison for participating in a $40 million mortgage fraud scheme based in the Wildwoods. 48 year old Robert Serao of Bayville was handed the prison term before the weekend. He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Wells Fargo released nearly $5 million based on fraudulent mortgage loan applications, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Investigators will be a the scene of a house fire that killed two people last week in Atlantic City. Fire investigators will be coming through a home on North Providence Avenue that went up in flames on Friday and killed the wife of the landlord, and a tenant . About five dozen firefighters helped battle the stubborn fire.
Atlantic City Police are investigating a shooting that occurred in the resort on Saturday night. Two people were wounded when gunfire rang out on North New York avenue around 6pm. Police say one man was shot in the face, while another was shot in the leg. Police have not released the identities of the victims, nor do they have a suspect in custody.
The search for a missing swimmer in central New Jersey ended over the weekend when a fisherman found a body at the Island Beach State Park. Authorities say a 25 year old man from France went missing while swimming in the ocean that was not protected by lifeguards; the victim had never swum in the ocean before. The body was found Saturday morning about a quarter mile from where the man entered the ocean.
Nationwide will be on your side in New Jersey next month. The large insurance carrier announced that it has received permission to sell auto insurance policies in the Garden State for the first time in three decades. Nationwide bolted out of New Jersey’s insurance market back in 1981 because the state had too many regulations.
Much of the Hurricane Sandy aid in the Garden State has not been dispersed nearly two years after the storm struck. The Star Ledger reports that the state has awarded $367 million but only $133 million has actually been delivered to property owners who were impacted by the storm. The State Department of Community Affairs says the program has undergone changes over the past few months to help get money delivered quickly.