News Roundup & Open Thread for Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Rosi will be back tomorrow, but I’m filling in again today. Any stories missed can be left in the comments. Enjoy your day!

Revel Casino Closing in September

  • In the latest blow to Atlantic City, Revel Casino has announced that it will close in September.
  • Senate President Sweeney says things have hit rock bottom.
  • State casino regulators say they can’t force the owners of Trump and Showboat to stay open another four months while new buyers are sought.
  • Gannett: Revel closing puts Christie and AC at crossroads
  • On the road again

  • Guess who isn’t going to be in NJ doing his job again? The Gov is headed to Biloxi.
  • And he’s going to Alabama too.
  • A new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll found that more than a third of independents and 45 percent of Democrats say Christie’s travels have hurt his ability to govern effectively, but 75 percent of Republicans say the trips have had no effect.
  • Belgard Gets DCCC Boost in CD3

  • Burlington County official Aimee Belgard is one of national Democrats’ favorite candidates, and the DCCC is spending $1.3 million on ads through Election Day. The DCCC never mentions Belgard’s name in the first 30-second ad and instead focuses its criticism on the Republican nominee, Tom MacArthur, and his time running a division of insurance giant AIG.
  • Belgard’s opponent, the target of the ad, finds it “repulsive.”

    The Christie Administration Doesn’t Need No Stinking Transparency

  • The Christie administration is now waging more than 20 simultaneous legal battles to keep other government documents out of public view, including hotel receipts from the governor’s out-of-state trips and records that would state why several top Christie officials left their jobs in the aftermath of the George Washington Bridge lane-closure investigations.
  • About that 4am Phone Call

  • The campaign manager for a 2013 New Jersey state senate candidate was responsible for an early-morning robocall that urged voters to support another candidate and was indicted on one count of impersonation, prosecutors say.
  • Drones coming to a community near you?

  • Federal Aviation Administration approval for drone testing to begin in New Jersey is in the final stage of negotiations and will be granted “very, very soon,” the agency’s top official said in Atlantic City.
  • Christie takes the #IceBucketChallenge

  • The Governor let his children dump a bucket of Ice Water over his head to raise money for ALS and challenged Jimmy Fallon, US Sen Cory Booker and Facebook Mark Zuckerberg to do the same. And of course, there’s video.
  • Is a Pipeline Coming Through Hunterdon & Mercer Counties?

  • Residents in Mercer and Hunterdon counties could see a 30-inch wide natural gas pipeline run a few dozen miles through local towns if a $1 billion proposal from a Pennsylvania company is approved by federal regulators.
  • Judges Coming Out Of Retirement Because Of Vacancies

  • Squeezed by a growing number of judicial vacancies because of a political logjam, court officials in New Jersey are increasingly resorting to a Band-Aid remedy: recruiting retired judges to return to the bench.
  • Comments (3)

    1. vmars

      is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

      But, hey, the solution to the problems in Atlantic City aren’t pushing the hotels, the beach, the shopping, the history — no, the solution is to build more casinos in the north, allow online gambling and sports betting!


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