SDA Spokesperson Interviewed:

Public Hearing on Transfer of MEC School Deed to the City of Gloucester City Tonight at 8 PM

CNB Hunting/Fishing Maryland: A lot of shallow-water action in the Eastern Bay area

LOVE YOUR MONEY: NJ GAS TAX LIKELY TO INCREASE AS REVENUE FALLS SHORT 

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New Jersey’s gas tax is likely to be raised by at least a few pennies later this year thanks to a 2016 law, NJ Spotlight reports. The state’s top budget officials met on Wednesday to determine whether the gas tax, at its current rate, was producing enough revenue to avoid an incxrease. Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio told NJ Spotlight in an interview that a decision is still a couple of weeks away as some final revenue figures are still being analyzed. The latest state revenue figures suggest a modest gas-tax increase will be needed to comply with the terms of the 2016 law, which is intended to protect the integrity of the state’s Transportation Trust Fund. Any increase would go into effect October 1.

 

4 NJ PRIESTS AMONG HUNDREDS ACCUSED OF ABUSE  

Four Roman Catholic priests with ties to New Jersey were among hundreds named in a sweeping grand jury report detailing abuse against more than 1,000 children, NJ.com reports. Senior church officials covered up the often horrific abuse, while keeping records of it, says Pennsylvania's attorney general. The report, released Tuesday, concluded that a succession of Catholic bishops and diocesan leaders tried to shield the church from bad publicity and financial liability by covering up abuse.

EX-BERGEN CATHOLIC WRESTLER SPEAKS OUT ON LAWSUIT 

Anthony Asatrian, who is suing Bergen Catholic High School contending that his wrestling coach sexually abused him, has revealed text messages showing what some might view as inappropriate communications between the coach and the student, The Record says. Lawyers for both sides in Asatrian's lawsuit are scheduled to gather Friday afternoon before a Superior Court judge in Bergen County to present arguments on a variety of legal motions — one of which is to dismiss several elements of the case. In May, the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office cited a lack of evidence in declining to pursue criminal charges. In July, the state Department of Children and Families said that the allegations of sexual abuse were unfounded.

 

KU KLUX KLAN FLIERS LEFT ON RED BANK STREETS

Two bags containing Ku Klux Klan fliers have been found on Red Bank streets in the last week, the Asbury Park Press says. One bag, weighed down with candy, was found last week on Leighton Avenue, Police Chief Darren McConnell said. A similar bag was found on Hudson Avenue on Tuesday. The chief said the fliers encouraged people to join the Klan or visit websites promoting the hate group.

MURPHY NAMES NJ'S FIRST CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER

Gov. Phil Murphy has appointed Beth Simone Noveck to be New Jersey's first chief innovation officer, ROI-NJ reports. Noveck will be responsible for making state government more tech savvy and making data and collective intelligence available in government decision making. She will also be tasked with stimulating entrepreneurship and business growth and protecting workers and consumers by creating policies to respond to new developments in technology.

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