The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City and Ocean Resort Casino started taking bets from gamblers a day before they were scheduled to open, the Press of Atlantic City reports. Both casinos received permission to begin full operations on Wednesday afternoon from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, and both immediately started letting gamblers inside. Elaborate grand opening festivities are still scheduled for today and this weekend.
MAHWAH GROUP SUBMITS SIGNATURES FOR RECALL OF MAYOR
The Mahwah Township Clerk is in the process of verifying signatures on petitions for a recall election of Mayor Bill Laforet, NJ.com writes. If there are enough valid signatures – about 4,200 are necessary – voters will get to decide in November whether Laforet can stay in office. The mayor says the recall effort is being fueled by a controversy over a parks ordinance.
MURPHY SAYS A BUDGET DEAL CAN BE REACHED IF PARTIES TALK
With a government shutdown looming, Gov. Phil Murphy says he thinks an agreement can be reached in about 30 minutes if both sides sit down and negotiate, The Record reports. But negotiations stalled Wednesday afternoon after Democrats countered with a blend of tax proposals they want to replace two of Murphy's large revenue raisers. Meetings planned for later in the day were canceled so Murphy's side could review the proposals.
NJ PUBLIC UNIONS VOW TO STAND UP TO SUPREME COURT RULING
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that nonunion members cannot be forced to pay fees to them, NJ Spotlight says. But New Jersey’s public unions are expected to find it somewhat easier to recover, with the enactment last month of the Workplace Democracy Enhancement Act. The new law guarantees unions broader rights to meet with members and potential members and to communicate with them via email.
KUSHNER GROUP SUES JERSEY CITY OVER STALLED PROJECT
The Kushner family's development firm has filed a nine-count lawsuit against Jersey City, saying its One Journal Square project has been delayed because of "political animus towards President Trump," the Jersey Journal reports. The suit alleges that the city and the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency put "politics over principle" when they broke a contract with the developers, Kushner Companies and KABR Group, for a two-tower mixed-use development next to the Journal Square PATH station. The former chief executive of Kushner Companies, Jared Kushner, is Trump's son-in-law and adviser.