"I feel exuberant," Mayor Frank Gilliam Jr. said. He said that there would be no tax hike in the city's budget, and that he was hopeful that legalized marijuana would come to town to be enjoyed in an "adult district."
By the time former U.S. Sen. Jeffrey Chiesa's role overseeing Atlantic under a state takeover was terminated by the new governor, his West North Jersey law firm had submitted more than $4.86 million in billing invoices to the state, according to records newly released Thursday by the New Jersey Department of Law.
After toughing out five devastating casino closures since 2014, Atlantic City now has a date for the start of its new era: June 28, when Hard Rock Atlantic City will open in the totally redone former Trump Taj Mahal on the Boardwalk.
Rocked by scandal, the Miss America Pageant, a 97-year-old Boardwalk institution, got a $4.3 million lifeline from a state agency, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, that has been among its most loyal friends. "Give the ladies a chance," said one Atlantic City resident.
South Jersey's progressive Democratic candidate Tanzie Youngblood, an African American woman, showed some fundraising signs of life in her race to win a seat in Congress, boosting her total funds raised in new election reports to $88,309, including a $5,000 contribution from U.S. Sen. Kristen Gillibrand's Off the Sidelines PAC.
Jeffrey Chiesa, the close ally of former New Jersey Gov. Christie whose law firm racked up more than $4 million in billings to run Atlantic City under a state takeover, will be transitioned out of that role, Gov. Murphy announced Monday.
Van Drew's 100 percent NRA rating has become a source of criticism among his more progressive Democratic primary opponents and progressive groups in the sprawling South Jersey district, considered a likely district to flip from Republican to Democratic in 2018 midterms.
A 43-year-old Linwood woman became the 19th person to plead guilty in a still-unraveling federal prosecution of a $50 million scheme that saw teachers, firefighters and other municipal employees pocket and pass along cash by conspiring with an out-of-state pharmacy to create a virtual conveyor belt of compound prescription filling.
Embattled after little more than three months in office, Atlantic City Mayor Frank Gilliam said a judge's ruling dismissing a citizens complaint alleging he stole a $10,000 campaign check clears him of any wrongdoing and he urged a return to focusing on the positive narrative of a city on the rebound.
Amy S. Rosenberg is a staff writer. Most recent preoccupations: the epic drama of Atlantic City, the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, local beach culture, shoobies, the fragile psyche of the Philadelphia sports fan, and Miss America. She lives at the Jersey Shore but also writes about Philly.