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Posted on May 14, 2020 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (387)







Now that the referendum has been defeated in Atlantic City, Democratic Primary Mayoral

Candidate Jimmy Whitehead is poised to make his official announcement next week.

Jimmy Whitehead intends to bring “fresh ideas and change to the governance of Atlantic City

with a pathway highlighting an avant garde economic development plan providing a resilient

recovery and non-casino jobs. I do not owe anyone or any special interest group anything, I

only owe the people of Atlantic City the best possible representation, which is long overdue.”

On the referendum: “We just experienced an unprecedented attempt by outside interests to

change Atlantic City’s form of government. The referendum was possible because it is obvious

the city remains broken, but fortunately the People of Atlantic City recognized we need to

control our destiny. Now it is time to roll up our sleeves and give the all Atlantic City the “good,

mature, accountable, compliant, and transparent governance” City Hall leadership deserves

and needs. I want term limits on local seats also. The same people in office have led us where

we are, with over 40% residents living in poverty.

Mr. Whitehead will soon present a development plan focused on non-casino mixed-used

development, and needed reform within all departments of Atlantic City. We are a service

oriented city, and cannot get service from our city hall. Additionally, Jimmy Whitehead’s

economic plans include special infrastructure projects which will be highlighted that will create

thousands of new union steelworkers, electricians, carpenters, and longshore labor jobs.

Governor Murphy Announces The Road Back: Restoring Economic Health Through Public Health

Posted on April 28, 2020 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (3)

TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy today announced his vision, “The Road Back: Restoring Economic Health Through Public Health,” to restart New Jersey and put the state on the road to recovery. Governor Murphy outlined six key principles and benchmarks to guide the process for restoring New Jersey’s economic health by ensuring public health.

“Our priority is to use science, data, and facts to put New Jersey on the road to recovery. In order to restore economic health, we must first promote public health,” said Governor Murphy. “These key principles and metrics are critical for giving New Jerseyans confidence that we will re-open our state with our public health protocols firmly in place and our health care system prepared. Restarting New Jersey’s economy and returning people to work will be done methodically, strategically, and responsibly.” 

Governor Murphy’s stay-at-home Executive Order, which has been in effect since March 21st, will remain in effect in its entirety until further notice. The following six principles and key metrics will guide the process for lifting restrictions and restoring New Jersey’s economic health through public health.

Principle 1: Demonstrate Sustained Reductions in New COVID-19 Cases and Hospitalizations

  • 14-day trend lines showing appreciable and sustained drop in new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and other metrics reflecting decreasing burden of disease;
  • Hospitals stepping down from functioning under crisis standards of care.

Principle 2: Expand Testing Capacity

  • At least double current diagnostic testing capacity;
  • Prioritize testing for health care workers, essential personnel, and vulnerable populations;
  • Create a flexible testing plan accessible to all residents;
  • Expand partnerships with institutions of higher education, private-sector labs, and the federal government;
  • Ensure that those who test positive are linked to a health care provider.  

Principle 3: Implement Robust Contact Tracing

  • Recruit and deploy an army of personnel who will identify and follow-up with contacts;
  • Leverage technological data and innovative solutions to increase efficiency;
  • Coordinate the approach of local and state health officials, which will have a coordinated county/regional component.

Principle 4: Secure Safe Places and Resources for Isolation and Quarantine

  • To the greatest extent possible, provide individuals who do test positive in the future with a safe and free place to isolate and protect others from COVID-19;
  • Ensure that quarantined contacts are provided supportive services, if needed.

Principle 5: Execute a Responsible Economic Restart

  • Create the Governor’s Restart and Recovery Commission to advise on the process and recommend responsible and equitable decisions;
  • Plan for a methodical and strategic return to work based on level of disease transmission risk and essential classification;
  • Continuation of social distancing measures, requirements for face coverings, and work-from-home directions where feasible and appropriate;
  • Leverage any available federal funds and programs to support health care, individual, and small business recoveries.

Principle 6: Ensure New Jersey’s Resiliency

  • Learn from the lessons of COVID-19 and prepare for the possibility of a resurgence;
  • Ensure hospitals, health care systems, and other health delivery facilities have inventories of personal protective equipment and ventilators;
  • Build our own state personal protective equipment and ventilator stockpile;
  • Create a playbook for future administrations for the next pandemic.

For a one-page summary of Governor Murphy’s plan to restore New Jersey’s economic through public health, click here.

Vote-by-Mail Ballots for May 12 Elections in Atlantic City and Ventnor

Posted on April 20, 2020 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (2)

Vote-by-Mail Ballots for May 12 Elections in Atlantic City and Ventnor

Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 105 on March 19, 2020, which postponed the March 31, 2020 Atlantic City Special Election to May 12, 2020.  Executive Order 105 also ordered that the both the Atlantic City Special Election and Ventnor May Municipal elections are to be held by Vote-by-Mail ballots.  The Office of the Atlantic County Clerk is required to send ALL REGISTERED VOTERS a Vote-by-Mail ballot.  Beginning on April 24, 2020, the Atlantic County Clerk’s Office will be mailing the Vote-by-Mail ballots to registered voters for the Atlantic City Special and Ventnor May municipal elections. 


Atlantic City and Ventnor registered voters will receive the following items in their Vote-by-Mail package:

  1. Ballot

  2. Certificate Envelope

  3. PREPAID postage return envelope

  4. Vote-by-Mail ballot completion instructions

  5. Letter explaining why you are receiving this ballot

Atlantic County COVID-19 Cases Reach 427 with 21 New Positives

Posted on April 20, 2020 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Atlantic County COVID-19 Cases Reach 427 with 21 New Positives

Atlantic County health officials have confirmed 21 more positive cases of COVID-19 as of this morning, Monday, April 20, to bring the total number of cases countywide to 427. The number of fatalities related to COVID-19 remains 19 with no additional deaths reported.

Today’s cases include six residents from Egg Harbor Township, three each from Atlantic City and Galloway, and two from Estell Manor. One new resident tested positive in Brigantine, Hammonton, Linwood, Northfield, Pleasantville, Somers Point and Ventnor.

Atlantic County will resume drive-thru testing for symptomatic, county residents with a doctor’s prescription on Tuesday, April 21 and again on Thursday, April 23, 10 AM – 1 PM each day. The testing site is located behind the Hamilton Mall in Mays Landing.

In addition to the doctor’s prescription, residents must also provide proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or utility bill, as well as the appointment confirmation. Appointments can be made online at:

Those who are unable to keep their appointments are asked to cancel so that others will have an opportunity to be tested.

Atlantic County held its first COVID-19 drive-thru testing on April 9 for symptomatic first responders and healthcare workers. Testing for the general public began last week.

The county has obtained 600 test kits and plans to secure more as needed

State Approves Atlantic County's COVID-19 Test Site Plan

Posted on April 7, 2020 at 1:40 AM Comments comments (11)

State Approves Atlantic County's COVID-19 Test Site Plan


County Executive Dennis Levinson has announced that Atlantic County’s plan for a COVID-19 drive-thru testing site has been approved by the state. The site will be located in the parking lot of the Hamilton Mall in Mays Landing and will provide testing by appointment for county residents who are symptomatic for COVID-19 and have a doctor’s script.


Individuals who are not experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness will not be able to be tested. Testing the worried well diverts limited resources from those who need them most and inundates the laboratory with specimens unlikely to test positive, according to state officials.


“We recognize that there are many people who would like to be tested to help allay their fears and concerns, but unfortunately we only have so many test kits available and the state has restricted testing to symptomatic residents only,” stated Levinson. “But the reality is, whether you test positive or not, we must all do our part by adhering to the social distancing requirements to protect ourselves and our communities. That truly is our best defense to reduce the spread.”


The county will perform its first testing on Thursday, April 9 for symptomatic healthcare workers and first responders by appointment through the Office of Emergency Preparedness.


Public testing for symptomatic county residents with a doctor’s script will begin the week of April 13 and instructions for making appointments will be forthcoming.


The county has obtained 600 test kits and the necessary personal protective equipment for the drive-thru facility.


Results will be reported to the Division of Public Health. Its staff will contact residents who test positive upon confirmation.




Atlantic County COVID-19

Cases Rise to 140 with 13 New Positives


On Monday morning, April 6, the Atlantic County Division of Public Health confirmed 13 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the county total to 140. Of these new cases, five were confirmed in men, ages 48-64, and eight were confirmed in women, ages 29-61.


Public health officials also confirmed another eight residents have been cleared as recovered for a total of 19 countywide.


The CDC has issued new guidance regarding face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Simple cloth coverings including scarves and bandanas worn in public settings where other social distancing measures may be difficult to maintain may help prevent the release of any virus-laden particles into the air. But health officials also caution that such coverings should not provide a false sense of security. Keeping a safe distance from others is still the best defense.


There is currently no vaccine or treatment for this virus. Those who experience mild or moderate symptoms such as fever, cough, aches and pains, are advised to stay at home, self-isolate and monitor their symptoms. Most recover within two or more weeks.


Individuals with more severe symptoms including fever, cough and shortness of breath, and who may have underlying health conditions including heart or lung disease, diabetes or a compromised immune system, should contact their medical provider.


Those who are concerned they may be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 may use the Symptom Checker available on to help make decisions about appropriate medical care.