SHOWBOAT GIVEN APPROVAL TO SHUT DOWN

showboatFinal approval was given for Showboat Casino to cease operations Labor Day weekend. The casino will stop operations as of 4 p.m. on Aug. 31. New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement provided the final closing order. Within the next month, Showboat, Revel, and Trump Plaza are all expected to close.

REPORT: REVEL LOSES $21K OFF ARMED TRUCK

An armed security van lost $21,000 after a bag of money fell off the roof of the truck earlier this month. The Press of Atlantic City reports that the incident in question took place on Aug. 6. The truck left Pennsylvania Ave. and headed down Route 40 but it is unclear when the bag of money was lost. GardaWorld says they are working with authorities on the investigation.

CHRISTIE IS THINKING ABOUT PRESIDENTIAL BID

chris-christieThe “will he, won’t he” story is going to start being drummed up again. Gov. Chris Christie said to the media this week he is thinking about running for president in 2016 and will have a decision by the end of this year or beginning of next. Christie was considered as a possible candidate in 2012, but opted not to run. The governor has had a public profile as a fundraising leader of the Republican Governor’s Association.

PUSH IS ON AGAIN FOR MEADOWLANDS CASINO

Could the Meadowlands have a casino within a couple of years? Business leaders are continuing the efforts to have a referendum on the 2015 ballot to allow voters the option to put casino gaming outside of Atlantic City. The leading option for casino gaming outside of Atlantic City is the Meadowlands. Atlantic City leaders and South Jersey lawmakers are fighting the move, which they say will severely hurt the already struggling casino resort.

LOWER POLICE ARREST BURGLARY SUSPECT

A residential burglary was reported to police on Aug. 7. James W “Jake” Donnelly, of Villas, was arrested on Aug. 11 at the Jersey Shore Motel. Police initially found the home on East St Johns Ave. and police observed damage to the family’s television, ceiling fan and walls. Donnelly was found to be in possession of a controlled dangerous substance, believed to be marijuana. Donnelly was charged on a separate complaint summons for the cds offense. Bail was set at $20,000.

POLL: ALMOST HALF OF STATE SUPPORTS CHRISTIE’S VETO OF GUN BILL

Pension and Heatlth Benefit CommissionGov. Chris Christie has some support in his veto of a bill to limit ammo capacity. The Rutgers-Eagleton Poll says that 49 percent of the state supports the veto by Christie that would have brought ammo magazines down from 15 to 10. The governor reasoned that if you think capacity should be brought down it should be brought to zero. 42 percent believe Christie should have signed the bill and 9 percent say they are unsure.

DRUG ARREST MADE AT NORTH CAPE MAY WAWA

lower township policeLower Township Police say they made a drug arrest at the Wawa in North Cape May.  Alisha J Stevenson, of North Cape May was charged with, Being Under the Influence of a Narcotic Drug, Possession of Controlled Dangerous Substance, and Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe. Police say the arrest made Sunday. At the completion of processing, Stevenson was released on a summons complaint.

SWEENEY, OTHERS TAKE PART IN ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE

Some high ranking members of the New Jersey Legislature took part in the ice bucket challenge on Monday.  Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. both were soaked with buckets of ice water to support ALS.  Senators from New Jersey also presented a $30,000 check to the Greater New York chapter of the ALS Association to support the effort.  Nearly $16 million has been raised since July 29th.

AMONG THOSE SUPPORTING RICK PERRY…CHRIS CHRISTIE

Count New Jersey Governor Chris Christie among those supporting Texas Governor Rick Perry.  Christie came out this week and announced that he has complete faith and confidence in the Texas republican who was indicted this month for charges relating to an alleged abuse of power.  Perry and Christie may both seek their republican party’s nomination for president in two years.  Christie expressed his support for Perry through a statement made by the Republican Governors Association.

STATE LAWMAKERS DEFEND NEW COASTAL RULES

State environmental officials began their week this week defending new coastal development rules.  The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection told a legislative panel on Monday that a new coastal development plan streamlines rules and makes good sense for the state.  Environmentalists disagree, saying the new rules will allow rampant building along the state’s coastlines.  Opponents claim that the state has learned no lessons from Hurricane Sandy.