Update: That mystery law firm is Dilworth Paxon, and The Donald will indeed be running for Andrews’s seat.
South Jersey Congressman Rob Andrews will resign from Congress later this month, according to a report from the Inquirer‘s Jonathan Tamari. And in news that should surprise exactly no one, he will become a public affairs person at a (yet unnamed) leading Philadelphia law firm (read: lobbyist) and
his interim replacement will be state senator Donald Norcross, brother of political boss and Inky co-owner George Norcross, is expected to run to replace him.
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Camden’s new state-appointed education czar Paymon Rouhanifard revealed a startling finding this week: Only three–yeah, three–high school students who took the SAT in 2013 received scores that deemed them “college ready.” Rouhanifard, after embarking on a ‘listening tour’ of each of his district’s 26 schools, pinpointed a few key gripes and at least one minor fix.
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On Friday, December 13th, at the Curtis Center, the Rutgers/LEAP Alfredo Santiago Endowed Scholarship held its fundraising gala. The gala is an annual event that raises money to support graduates of LEAP Academy University Charter School who are attending Rutgers University. The scholarship was established in 1999 by CLC Director Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago in loving memory of her husband Alfredo Santiago and with the goal of increasing the number of children in Camden who attend college. Each year the gala raises thousands of dollars for the scholarship through corporate and individual donations, ticket sales and proceeds from a silent auction.
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Stephen Danley is Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Administration at Rutgers University in Camden, and he has some serious issues with the Rolling Stone Camden article that came out on Wednesday. Read more »
Camden’s Adventure Aquarium right across the river remains a spectacular attraction, despite the city’s other problems. Photo via aquarium website.
• Rolling Stone magazine says Camden, NJ, is apocalyptic in an article written by one of the country’s most respected writers, Matt Taibbi
. Victor Fiorillo breaks down the most tragic points
, including the fact that Camden’s own police chief says the crime there is “somewhere between Honduras and Somalia.” And then there’s the aquarium. [phillymag.com]
• Rumors abound
about whether the city did or did not, or wanted to or wanted not, to host WrestleMania this year. Allegations and officials statements are flying. It all has something to do with the event’s Fan Axxess component, which has particular facilities need — perhaps to accommodate the extra X. [philly.com]
• Best Headline of the Day, Without Even Reading the Article: SEPTA to improve user experience in Center City’s underground concourses
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Camden, New Jersey, is just on the other side of the Ben Franklin Bridge, a short hop across the Delaware River. We see it all the time. We drive through or around it frequently. We know it’s a bad place to be.
But just how bad is Camden? Journalist Matt Taibbi paid a visit, and the result is the bleak new Rolling Stone Camden article: “Apocalypse, New Jersey: A Dispatch from America’s Most Desperate Town.”
Below, some of the most depressing things I learned from it:
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Rutgers-Camden Law School, which already suffers from a bit of reputational lag, won’t be looking much better after today’s news. The school has been fined $25,000 for admitting students who take tests other than the LSAT to get in.
Between 2006 and 2012, the law school admitted dozens of students who took tests other than the LSAT. In 2009, the bar association sent a memo to all accredited law schools clarifying its policy requiring the LSAT, except with prior arrangement.
But Rutgers-Camden continued to admit students who did well on other tests…Over the six years, students accepted with non-LSAT tests made up an average of 6.7 percent of the first-year class, the bar association said.
The school says it did so in part to accommodate applicants who applied after it was too late to take the LSATs. [Inquirer]
Shaq, yesterday, visiting kids, in Camden. Hey, happy Friday.
The Big Aristotle was in town to promote “Just Play,” an initiative that encourages more after-school activity. I’ll always remember that Shaquille O’Neal is a Newark native; I learned it in one of my favorite books: Hoop Stars, published in 1995. (Ages 5 and up.)
Earlier this week, two 15-year-old teenagers robbed the janitor at Sumner Elementary School in Camden, New Jersey at gunpoint, say Camden County Police.
According to a statement by police, the teenagers dressed in black and wore masks, and at least one of them was armed with a silver handgun. They fled the scene in the janitor’s car.
The day after the robbery, police spotted the suspects driving around Camden in the stolen car and detained them. They were both charged with armed robbery and conspiracy and are in a county juvenile detention center. Their names have not been released.
The former site of the Riverfront State Prison in North Camden will get a makeover in the form of a 2.3 million square-foot world trade center if development firm Waterfront Renaissance Associates gets its way. And, of course, what better day to pitch it to city planning board than on the eve of the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
WRA will be working with the World Trade Center of Philadelphia to broker the deal, reflecting the structure of the world’s existing trade centers via partnering with a trade services provider:
The proposed Camden complex would be called the Greater Philadelphia World Trade Center, said Schiffman, who noted land in Philadelphia originally planned for a trade center “is no longer appropriate.”
The preliminary project design in Camden includes 2.3 million square feet of space with four stand-alone phases. The plan will create subcampuses to create a feel of small commercial neighborhoods, while integrating each into the greater 16-plus-acre project.
The idea here is to create jobs for ailing Camden, or at least bring some employed people into town—a task for which WRA managing partner Martin Schiffman says there isn’t “anyone in the area who comes close” to his firm.
For Camden’s sake, let’s hope so. [Courier Post]