- A state appeals court has ruled that the NJ Meadowlands Commission is required to plan and zone for affordable housing, as it has “complete control over the planning and zoning of a vast amount of land” in the in the 14 towns in the district. The ruling may affect the Pinelands and the Highlands councils as well.
- Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Susan Bass Levin has been named deputy director of the Port Authority of NY and NJ. She confirmed that a new rail tunnel to Manhattan will be a top priority.
- In yet another plan to revamp Camden’s image, the state and county prisons may be relocated out of the city. The governor’s office just confirmed they are looking at other, better uses of the riverfront property where the state facility is located.
- The proposed U.S. Route 322 bypass is angering some residents in Gloucester county, who worry about the wetlands that the road may destroy.
- The natural beauty of Our Fair State is worth about $20 billion, according to a study by the University of Vermont along with state officials. The study puts a dollar amount on natural land in order to make it easier to weigh environmental benefits while making policy decisions. The most valuable areas: the Pine Barrens and the shore.
- The big Memorial Day Click it or Ticket campaign has started, ticking off drivers who didn’t click it.
- Good news for tourism: the condition of our beaches this year is excellent, according to the New Jersey Marine Science Consortium. A mild winter with few big storms has helped the beaches of Our Fair State avoid any damage going into the busy summer season.
Open Thread Time! What do you want to talk about today, Blue Jersey?