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Jaffe Morning Briefing: July 24, 2014

7-24-14

JAFFE COMMUNICATIONS GIVES ITS TAKE ON THE NEWS IN NEW JERSEY

BEACHWOOD – It seems like the making of the ideal reality show. Divvy up $14 million in lottery winnings between 17 brothers and sisters and then get those cameras rolling to capture the drama. The real-life version happens today, as this extended Ocean County family of lottery winners is introduced to the media and will be asked to talk about the lump sum payment coming their way.

TRENTON – We thankfully don’t know much about New Jersey’s bail system, but apparently it is broken. State officials may soon be pushing for a change in the state constitution, making it possible for super-evil, extra-nutty suspects to be held with no bail, no matter how much money they have. Also, for the non-offending, low-level suspects, they could be released without the need to post bail, under the proposal.

ATLANTIC CITY – In an act of terrific futility, a couple hundred workers at the Showboat casino are planning to protest the closure of operations on Aug. 31. The rally is being coordinated by their union, Local 54 of Unite-HERE, who wants the Showboat sold to someone who is willing to make a go of it. Mayor Don Guardian says there is interest in someone buying the place, but a bargain-basement sale does little to ensure jobs with livable wages. The Showboat will only remain open on dollars and sense, not rallies.

ATLANTIC CITY – Just a couple doors down the boardwalk, there’s plenty of talk about the future of the $2.4 billion Revel, which is up for sale next month in a bankruptcy auction. Mayor Don Guardian is optimistic, saying there are six potential buyers for the gleaming castle that continually sucks money and dreams through its greedy vortex. It’s hopeful one of these six buyers is a serious casino operation, as opposed to short-term bargain hunters simply looking to profit off others awful misfortune.

WALL TOWNSHIP – The silver lining of Superstorm Sandy was the ability for New Jersey’s utilities to learn their shortfalls. New Jersey Natural Gas, for one, is poised to spend $102.5 million for a program to protect itself from the next storm. The work calls for a secondary main in Sea Bright, a new high-pressure feed to Mantoloking and some 35,000 excess flow valves. Customers will ultimately pay for all these infrastructure upgrades, but at least they get the comfort of knowing the system could withstand a wallop.

STATEWIDE – A state auditor is pushing for the state Department of Education to get more serious about consolidating school districts, as per the law, the Press of AC reports. State education officials say they are now conducting assessments of consolidation efforts in each county to improve efficiencies and educational quality – to the applause of consolidation advocates who call it long overdue, especially for all the “school districts” with just one school, yet require a schools superintendent and other top-level administrative staff.

ROSELLE – Could there now be an “Assemblyman Jamel C. Holley”? Politicker reports the political stars may be aligning for Holley, the youngest elected mayor in Roselle’s history. Sources tell Politicker that Holley has the backing in Elizabeth, Hillside and Roselle, as well as Union County Democratic chair Jerry Green, for the job to replace Assemblyman Joe Cryan, who is now the acting Union County sheriff.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

It was this day in 1993 that New York Mets pitcher Anthony Young set a record for losing his 27th straight game – a feat that could also be accomplished by a turtle, a tree or a martian with no opposable thumbs.

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