Volume 9/Issue 15

  • Eric Shuffler Included in Top 100 Policymakers of NJ List
  • Asbury Ocean Club Hotel Announces Opening for July 4th Weekend
  • NJ Medical Marijuana Program Triples Patient Participation
  • SDA Terminates 30 Employees After Review of Hiring Practices

 

Eric Shuffler Included in Top 100 Policymakers of NJ List

River Crossing Strategy Group’s Principal, Eric Shuffler, was included in New Jersey’s 2019 Insider 100: Policymakers Publication in July. Eric is listed as number 35 in the publication, which is put out annually by the politically-focused media outlet. “A public policy expert, the principal at River Crossing Strategies served as a member of Murphy’s transition team and a senior advisor for strategic communications,” according to the publication. “He’s that veteran policy hand you’re looking for; the all-purpose rodeo contestant come crunch time.”

Asbury Ocean Club Hotel Announces Opening for July 4th Weekend

The Asbury Ocean Club Hotel opened its doors in Asbury Park in time for the July 4th weekend. The 54-room luxury boutique hotel is located on the fourth floor of the Asbury Ocean Club, Surfside Resort and Residences on Ocean Avenue from master waterfront developer iStar. More than 100 local residents are employed at the hotel and the upscale amenities it offers will help drive additional tourism to the shore town. "All this is really exciting because it breeds tourism which certainly is great, but also it allows more opportunity for colder season activity, so the area is not just seen as a Memorial Day to Labor Day destination,” said Marilou Halvorsen, president and CEO of the New Jersey Restaurant and Hospitality Association.

NJ Medical Marijuana Program Triples Patient Participation

Since Governor Murphy took office in January 2018, the state’s Medicinal Marijuana Program has tripled the number of patients and nearly doubled the number of participating physicians. In total, 51,000 patients, 2,000 caregivers, and 1,000 doctors now participate in the program. “I am extremely proud of the reforms that we have made over the last 18 months to make our medicinal marijuana program compassionate, progressive, and modernized,” said Governor Murphy. Earlier this month, the Governor signed the Jake Honig Compassionate Use Medical Cannabis Act, which significantly reformed the state’s program and expanded patient access.

SDA Terminates 30 Employees After Review of Hiring Practices

School Development Authority (SDA) Interim CEO Manuel Da Silva fired 30 employees, 27 of who were hired by former CEO Lizette Delgado-Polanco, on July 23rd following multiple audits of hiring practices at the authority. According to audits released by the Governor’s Office, 27 employees were “improperly hired” and the remaining three “had various issues related to their performance.” A legal review of hiring practices and allegations of patronage found that many new employees “were viewed as patronage or patronage-type hires that negatively impacted the Authority and the working environment.”  In a statement, Governor Murphy said SDA Board Chairman Rob Nixon and Interim CEO Manuel Da Silva have his “full and unwavering support to make any management decisions they deem necessary based on the findings in these reports.”