Affraz Mohammed, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and a Muslim, says the FBI has subjected him to repeated, unexplained check-ins since 2014, NJ.com reports. Mohammed, who has been treated for depression and PTSD through the Department of Veterans Affairs, says he believes the FBI may have accessed his medical records without his knowledge or consent. Former FBI agents told NJ.comthat the agency may be tracking thousands of veterans as part of a policy to focus on individuals who could develop extremist ideologies.
NJ TRANSIT MUM ON CONDITION OF RAIL BRIDGES
NJ Transit is responsible for maintaining hundreds of rail bridges in the state, some of them built more than a century ago, but it will not make public the conditions of the spans, The Record reports. Information about the condition of roadway bridges is publicly available. But NJ Transit denied requests under the Open Public Records Act for the conditions of the rail bridges, citing security concerns.
GOP LAWMAKERS SEEK TO BLOCK GATEWAY TUNNEL MONEY
Although the recently approved 2019 federal budget includes $541 million for the Gateway Tunnel project, a group of Republican congressmen may move to block the allocation, NJ Spotlight writes. Use of a parliamentary procedure known as “rescission” is being encouraged by 27 GOP members of the House to remove an appropriation. But New Jersey’s delegation is defending the financing for the tunnel, pointing out that New Jersey receives less federal money than it sends to the U.S. government in taxes.
HACKENSACK MERIDIAN TO PAY FOR NEW MEDICAL SCHOOL
Seton Hall University and Hackensack Meridian Health have revised their agreement for a new medical school, with Meridian now covering 100 percent of the costs, The Record writes. Seton Hall maintains the academic responsibilities for the medical school, where classes are scheduled to begin on July 9.
NEWARK ASKS PUBLIC TO HELP MONITOR SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS
The Newark Police Department announced last week that it is allowing the public to view 50 surveillance cameras via a website in hopes that individuals will report incidents they see on camera to the police, NJ 101.5 reports. But the American Civil Liberties Union’s New Jersey chapter is raising concerns about the program.
SUBARU OF AMERICA MOVING INTO CAMDEN HEADQUARTERS
Subaru of America showed off its new headquarters building in Camden last week and has begun the process of moving in employees, NJTV says. Subaru of America’s chief executive, Thomas Doll, said the Campbell Soup Company played a big part in encouraging the car company to move to Camden, a city that has struggled in recent decades. By the end of May, 600 workers will be based at the new headquarters and Subaru has made a commitment to bring in an additional 100 employees. The building has room for up to 900 employees.
RISING NUMBER OF UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS ‘SELF-DEPORTING’
An increasing number of undocumented immigrants are considering leaving the United States voluntarily amid the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration, The Record reports. No data is available on how many immigrants have left because they feared detention or deportation or because a family member has been deported. But researchers who study migration patterns and people who work with undocumented immigrants in New Jersey say that they know of people who have left or who are planning to leave and that some of them have lived here for decades.