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NJ News Commons: SAYREVILLE RESIDENTS SHOCKED...

 

May 11, 2015

 

... BY WHAT'S BEEN SEEPING INTO THEIR HOMES
Scott Avenue residents in Sayreville learned two years ago that their homes had been built on contaminated land that was once used as a welding factory and a tank-cleaning operation, reports MyCentralJersey.com. The properties have up to 76 times the permitted levels of the cancer-causing chemical PCE, which was used in dry cleaning and industrial metal degreasing. Lawmakers say the properties likely "fell through the regulatory cracks." Now, residents fear for their health and their properties, while lawmakers want to allow the state to buy them out.



FEDS PROBE WHY SANDY VICTIMS WERE SHORTCHANGED ON FLOOD-INSURANCE CLAIMS
Two and a half years after Hurricane Sandy, a wide range of errors, shortcuts, and alleged fraud is still causing problems for storm victims and holding back the state's long-term recovery. NJ Spotlight says the problems have spawned thousands of lawsuits and convinced FEMA to agree to reopen and review any of the 144,000 claims by Sandy victims who feel they were under-compensated.

PAULSBORO: COMPLAINTS AGAINST COPS PLUMMET, THANKS TO BODY CAMERAS
One New Jersey police department says complaints against its law enforcement officers have dropped dramatically just months after the department implemented its body camera program. NJ.com says the Paulsboro Police Department reports a 90 percent reduction in complaints for the first quarter of 2015.

INDICTED SENATOR MENENDEZ OUTPOLLS CHRISTIE
Despite the fact that Senator Menendez has been indicted by a federal grand jury on corruption charges, while Governor Christie has not been charged with any wrongdoing in the Bridgegate scandal, Menendez is still outpolling Christie. The Record says the partisan makeup of NJ's population, the difference in power between senators and governors, and the public's tolerance of corruption help to explain the discrepancy – even though 60 percent of the state think Menendez is probably guilty. Meanwhile, the Ledger's Tom Moran predicts that Christie will bow out of the presidential race he never officially entered.

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