A six-month investigation by James O’Neill and Scott Fallon of The Record shows that DuPont knew for decades that cancer-causing chemicals could vaporize into Pompton Lakes homes but kept the information secret, according to government documents and emails. Solvents used at a century-old ammunition plant contaminated groundwater, which migrated from the DuPont site, “eventually vaporizing up through the soil into the basements of nearby homes, posing a health risk to residents,” The Record says. More than 400 homes may be affected by the contamination.
TWO LIFE SENTENCES FOR ELIZABETH MAN CONVICTED OF BOMBINGS
Ahmad Khan Rahimi, who was convicted of the 2016 bombings in New York and New Jersey, was sentenced Tuesday to two life terms in prison plus an additional 30 years, The New York Times writes. Rahimi, who pledged allegiance to ISIS, was also ordered to pay $562,803 in restitution to victims and businesses whose storefronts were damaged by the pressure-cooker bombs.
HASBROUCK HEIGHTS BANS MARIJUANA SALES
Anticipating the possibility that recreational marijuana might be made legal in the state, the Hasbrouck Heights council voted 4-1 Tuesday night to ban marijuana sales in the borough, The Record reports. Sales of medical marijuana, which is legal in New Jersey, would be permitted. Mayor Jack DeLorenzo said that more than a third of the town is technically in a "Drug Free Zone" and that allowing marijuana sales would send the wrong message. Point Pleasant Beach and Shrewsbury have also banned marijuana sales, and similar ordinances have been introduced in Berkeley Township and Toms River.
NJ RESIDENTS QUESTION MURPHY ON TAXES, IMMIGRATION
The state’s high taxes and immigration were on the minds of New Jerseyans on Tuesday night as Gov. Phil Murphy appeared on News 12 to answer questions from the public, NJ Spotlight says. The Democratic governor, who took office about a month ago, told one caller that the state’s tax situation was “frustrating as heck” and vowed to work to provide relief for taxpayers. On immigration, Murphy is challenging some of the Trump administration's tough policies. “I can’t say it strongly enough,” he said, “that I view my job as the governor of all 9 million residents in this state.”
ONCE AGAIN, JERSEY CITY IS THE MOST DIVERSE CITY IN U.S.
For the third time in four years, Jersey City has been named the most diverse city in the country, NJ.com reports. Using three indicators of cultural diversity – race and ethnicity, language and birthplace – the financial services website WalletHub.comranked 500 cities. Jersey City ranked No. 1 in linguistic diversity, No. 2 in racial and ethnic diversity and 155th in birthplace diversity.