Camden Is the Overall Most Dangerous “Suburb” in the U.S.

camdenMovoto — whose tagline is “the lighter side of real estate” — is the Upworthy of the real estate blogosphere. It makes BuzzFeed look like Kafka. Still, every now and then one of their preposterous rankings provide an opportunity for consideration of, like, concepts and stuff. Like the recent post “These Are America’s 10 Most Dangerous Suburbs.”

Depending on who you listen to — Movoto or Movoto — Camden is either the most dangerous suburb or the second most dangerous suburb. In the slideshow and list, it’s No. 2. In the text, it’s No. 1.

What’s interesting is the notion of the city of Camden, NJ, as a suburb. By any colloquial definition, Camden is not a suburb, though municipalities in Camden County, NJ, are often characterized as Philadelphia suburbs.

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Once-Key Christie Ally to Host Fundraiser — for Jeb Bush’s Son

Recently in a profile of Chris Christie, the New Yorker detailed the falling-out between former N.J. governor Tom Kean (and his son) and Christie. Once a key ally, the elder Kean had a falling out with Christie over several issues, including Christie’s attempt to oust the younger Kean as New Jersey Senate minority leader.

Christie later called this move a mistake, and maybe he’s right: Kean Jr. — who survived the attempt and is still N.J. Senate minority leader — is hosting a fundraiser for George P. Bush at his home on May 7th.

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The New Jersey Casino Experiment Has Failed

AtlanticCityHow low can Atlantic City casinos go? The numbers for 2013 aren’t looking very good — for N.J.’s gambling resort, or for casinos across the country.

Last year, Atlantic City’s casinos brought in $235 million in gambling earnings. That’s bad — 35 percent less than 2012 —and even worse given the following:

  • The 2013 number includes the introduction of the much ballyhooed Internet gambling that was supposed to be the latest and greatest thing to save Atlantic City. Apparently not.
  • The 2013 earnings are still down 35 percent even when being compared to those of 2012, a year that included Superstorm Sandy. The storm shut down casinos entirely and slowed business for months after.

It’s not getting any better this year, either.

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Dear Chris Christie: It’s Time to Give Up on 2016

AP Photo | Julio Cortez

Chris Christie. AP Photo | Julio Cortez

Dear Governor Christie:

It is over. For the good of the Republican Party, the State of New Jersey, you, and your family, it is time to put to rest all speculation that you may run for president in 2016. Have one of your famous news conferences — call us all idiots if you’d like — but officially announce that you’ll not be running for president.

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Restored Dutch Barn Is Now a Resort-Style Home With Loft Bedrooms

175 Pleasant Valley Road, Titusville, NJ.

Back of 175 Pleasant Valley Road, Titusville, NJ.

Seldom do “resort-style” properties offer the warmth of home, but this is an exception. The owners of this former Dutch barn had a specialized preservation and restoration company convert it into an attractive and livable residence, keeping even the silo.

Situated on a fresh 17-acre lot neighboring a 1,000-acre state park, the property has extensive woodwork, including vintage beams in the great room. There’s also a wooden loft area with two cozy bedrooms.

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Chris Christie Opposed to Relaxed Pot Laws in New Jersey

With marijuana now legal in Colorado and Washington and the sky still unlikely to fall to the ground anytime soon, other states are considering following their lead in legalizing pot as a way to raise revenue, improve the public’s relations with the police and in general stop wasting everyone’s time.

We all know who loves a good time-waster, of course: Chris Christie, who says he is opposed to any relaxed pot laws. The Inquirer‘s Jan Hefler notes Christie’s recent opposition at a town-hall meeting:

In a town hall in Flemington last week, Christie, a Republican, told the crowd that he would not decriminalize or legalize marijuana, because it would be “the wrong message to send to children” and young adults. Legalization would allow the “state-sanctioned use of marijuana for people who do not have a legitimate need for it,” he said, adding he supports marijuana use for medical ailments.

I don’t know. People are always complaining about young people not being interested in politics. What better way to find the future leaders of tomorrow than by getting them into politics because of a pot bill!

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Perfectly OK for Sex Offender Magician Jeff Carson to Perform for Kids, Says NJ

Sex offender magician Jeff Carson appears on New Jersey’s Megan’s Law registry, thanks to the fact that he “inappropriately touched victim” (that victim being a minor girl) “and had victim touch him inappropriately over a 6 year period.” But according to the great state of New Jersey, he’s not doing anything wrong by performing his magic act for children. Read more »

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