Memorial Day is the tentative date that Monmouth Park will begin offering sports betting, the Asbury Park Press writes. Racetrack officials said Tuesday that it’s unclear whether the Legislature will have completed work on legislation setting the framework for sports betting in the state but that the sports book might open in any case. Gamblers will be able to bet on anything they could wager on in Las Vegas, including the NBA Finals, which begin on May 31.
OFFICIALS SEEKING TO RETURN BASEBALL TO ATLANTIC CITY
Atlantic City’s council is looking to bring minor league baseball back to Surf Stadium, the Press of Atlantic City reports. The council is expected to authorize the former owner of the Atlantic City Surf minor league baseball team to find a group willing to bring baseball back to the city. New baseball team owners would likely have to invest in upgrading the stadium. If the effort is successful, baseball could return to Atlantic City by next spring, the mayor said.
IN DEFAULT ON STUDENT LOANS? HELP MAY BE ON THE WAY
Help may be on the way for people struggling with student-loan debt. A State Senate committee has voted to require loan modification and consolidation for borrowers who have defaulted on New Jersey college loans, NJ Spotlight writes. Legislation would require the New Jersey High Education Student Assistance Authority to offer consolidated loans with a fixed interest rate to borrowers in default on two or more NJCLASS loans. The measure now goes to the Senate Budget Committee.
ROSELAND COUNCILMAN CHARGED WITH OFFICIAL MISCONDUCT
The Essex County prosecutor has charged Roseland Councilman Richard Leonard with official misconduct, accusing him of trading his vote for a personal favor, NJ.com reports. Leonard is alleged to have demanded a right-of-way to property he owns in exchange for his vote on a redevelopment designation for a neighboring property. Ultimately, he abstained when the redevelopment matter was put to a vote.
RED BANK PUPPY STORE FIGHTS BAN ON SALES
Bark Avenue Puppies in Red Bank is pushing back against a proposed ordinance that would ban the sale of puppies from breeders, WCBS says. Only sales of puppies from rescue organizations or shelters would be permitted under the measure, which is intended to curb puppy mills. The store owner says the ordinance would put him out of business and that he will take the matter to court, if necessary.