Clinton Wins New Jersey, California

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, center, arrives to speak at a get out the vote event at Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky., Monday, May 16, 2016.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, center, arrives to speak at a get out the vote event at Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky., Monday, May 16, 2016.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton claimed a historical victory last night, winning the favor of five of the six states that held contests, including New Jersey and California. This essentially ends the Democratic Presidential Primary season.

Clinton, who also won the vote of Montana, New Mexico and South Dakota, is now the presumptive nominee and the first woman to top a U.S. major-party ticket. Candidate Bernie Sanders won in North Dakota.

New Jersey and California held the largest number of delegates of the six states remaining – New Jersey with 126 delegates and California with 475. Clinton was heavily favored to win New Jersey, but polling had gotten closer in more-liberal California.
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AP Says Hillary Clinton Has Basically Clinched the Nomination

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The Hillary Clinton campaign will host a watch party tonight in Center City.

Pennsylvania 6 will host the event for supporters as the Democratic presidential primary nears a close and six states cast their votes, including New Jersey, California, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Mayor Jim Kenney, who announced his endorsement of Clinton in February, is expected to attend the event. It will kick off at 8:15 p.m. at 114 S. 12th St.

The Associated Press reported Monday that Clinton has enough delegates – 2,383 – to become the presumptive Democratic nominee.  Read more »

Report: Cape May Among Worst New Jersey Counties for Kids’ Health, Wellbeing

A new report by the Newark-based nonprofit Advocates for Children of New Jersey puts three South Jersey counties at the bottom of a ranking that examines the state of children’s health and wellbeing in New Jersey. The biggest bit of news? Cape May County dropped five slots between 2015 and 2016, from 14th to 19th. That puts Cape May third from the bottom of the 21-county list; it ranks higher than Cumberland (21st) and Atlantic (20th) counties, but falls three spots below Camden County, which ranks at 16th.  Read more »

Investigators: Organized Crime Dumping Dirty Dirt in New Jersey

Palmyra site. Photo via New Jersey State Commission of Investigation

Jersey Recylcing Services Palmyra site. Photo via New Jersey State Commission of Investigation

The New York mob is cashing in on New Jersey’s loopholes in recycling regulations — and it’s costing both the environment and residents, according to investigators from New Jersey’s State Commission of Investigation.

At a three-hour hearing held Wednesday at the Statehouse in Trenton, investigators said organized criminals are profiting from an underground economy via the improper disposal of contaminated soil and construction debris from New York. A few recycling sites and makeshift dumping grounds in South Jersey are particularly notable, according to the Inquirer.

It’s prompted the SCI to inspect the state’s recycling industry, which has it says been tainted by organized crime for years.

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Atlantic City Makes Bond Payments, Avoids Default (For Now)

Photo | Dan McQuade

Photo | Dan McQuade

Atlantic City made a $1.8 million bond payment this morning, but Mayor Don Guardian could not guarantee at this point the city would make its bond payment next month.

“I wanted to make sure I didn’t put the bonds before payroll, before schools, before anyone else,” Guardian said. “But if we didn’t make our bond payment, it would be detrimental to everyone, including us.” The mayor said the city would be able to meet payroll this month, and expected to make a payment to the school district on May 15th.

Atlantic City had considered skipping the bond interest payment in order to make payroll, which would make it the first New Jersey municipality since the 1930s to default on a bond payment. Read more »

New Poll: Chris Christie More Unpopular Than Ever in N.J.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, gives a thumbs up to the crowd as he is introduced by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, at a rally at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C., Monday, March 14, 2016.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, gives a thumbs up to the crowd as he is introduced by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, at a rally at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C., Monday, March 14, 2016.

Donald Trump may be on the verge of capturing the Republican nomination for president. But his chief campaign surrogate continues to drop in popularity in his home state.

Per a new Rutgers-Eagleton poll, the governor’s approval rating has hit a new low. Only 26 percent of New Jersey voters have a favorable opinion of Chris Christie, down three points from February and a huge drop from the soaring popularity Christie enjoyed after Hurricane Sandy.

“Among the New Jersey politicians we poll, Governor Christie continues to generate the most negativity among voters, even more so than the state’s currently indicted senator [Robert Menendez,” Ashley Koning, assistant director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling (ECPIP) at Rutgers University, said in a release. “Not even Christie’s backing of Donald Trump has helped him with New Jersey Republicans, who give Trump higher ratings than Christie and are now more likely than ever to vote for Trump come June.” Read more »

Ocean City Wins Best Beach in America Bracket

Ocean City beach

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It may not feel like it today, but New Jersey’s shore towns are quickly waking up from their winter slumber. It’s only 47 days until Memorial Day!

Last month, we told you about Wildwood being named a top-10 beach town. Now, it’s Ocean City’s turn for an accolade: It recently won the 2016 Best Beach in America bracket — beating out Huntington Beach, California, in the finals. Read more »

State Sues Atlantic City as Finances Unravel

Atlantic City at dusk, November 2014

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The state of New Jersey is suing Atlantic City, trying to force the municipality to make payments to the city’s public schools instead of making a scheduled payment to employees on Friday.

NJ.com quotes Gov. Chris Christie: “This won’t fix the city’s own financial problems. But it will prevent them from making Atlantic City students and their families collateral damage to their reckless financial games.”

ABC News reports the city owes the district $34 million through July. The lawsuit aims to put the school district “at the front of the line” for any money that Atlantic City, with its foundering casinos, can scrape together.  Read more »

Activist: Expel Penns Grove Middle Schooler Over Violent Racial Threats

Civil rights activist Walter Hudson (Photo courtesy National Awareness Alliance)

Civil rights activist Walter Hudson in October 2015 (Photo courtesy National Awareness Alliance)

The country has endured far too many school shootings in its recent past, so it’s not surprising that alleged threats of violence made among students at Penns Grove Middle School in New Jersey have spurred a commotion. The situation caught the attention of civil rights activist, founder of the National Awareness Alliance, and former member of the Penns Grove-Carneys Point school board Walter Hudson.

On Monday afternoon, Hudson held a press conference at the Penns Grove-Carneys Point Regional District Building. He and some outraged parents protested the school district’s handling of the situation. In an open letter to Superintendent of Schools Zenaida Cobian, Hudson says that a student, who is white, allegedly “threatened to shoot several students and referred to African-American students” with racial slurs. The NAA, Hudson’s organization, says it strives to fight racial discrimination and social injustice. (Hudson has a complicated relationship with Penns Grove.)

Hudson told Philly Mag that the student in question recently followed three African-American students on their walk home from school, threatening to shoot them and using racial slurs. The parents of the students who say they were threatened reportedly did not contact police.

However, this story’s roots go back approximately three years. The student who is alleged to have made the threats appeared in a Facebook photo uploaded by his father which showed the child holding what appears to be an assault rifle. The controversial photo drew national scrutiny at the time.  Read more »

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