More than eight months after officials in Newark, New Jersey, began handing out nearly 40,000 filters to help protect residents from elevated levels of lead, tests of three homes containing filters earlier this month showed that elevated lead levels in the water remained.
In a letter to Newark officials issued Friday, the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) said bottled water should be provided to residents “as soon as possible.”
“The data suggest that use of the specific filtration devices distributed by Newark may not be reliably effective, in this particular situation, in reducing lead concentrations to below that standard. This means that we are unable at this time to assure Newark residents that their heath is fully protected when drinking tap water filtered through these devices,” the EPA said in its letter.
Jersey City’s sanctuary city policy is facing scrutiny this week following the revelation that the alleged Lincoln Park killer is an undocumented immigrant who has been deported twice.
The policy, enacted via executive order by Mayor Steve Fulop in February 2017 and endorsed unanimously by the City Council, was intended to illustrate that Jersey City is a welcoming city to immigrants, its supporters say. But critics slam it as evidence that Democrats like Fulop aren’t thinking straight on immigration.
A New Jersey man has been arrested for allegedly murdering a nanny whose body was found floating in the lake of a popular park last week.
On Sunday, Jorge Rios, 33, of Jersey City, was arrested and accused of raping and murdering 45-year-old Carolina Cano, also of Jersey City, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced on Twitter.
Rios allegedly strangled Cano — who was out for her morning run — and held her under the water in the lake at Lincoln Park, a popular gathering spot in the city, the prosecutor said in a statement after his arrest.
He is charged with murder, felony murder, aggravated sexual assault and kidnapping.
The Supreme Court is taking an interest in a case challenging New Jersey’s strict concealed carry restrictions.
The nation’s highest court has asked New Jersey officials to respond to a legal challenge by concealed carry applicant who police say “does not have a justifiable need to carry a gun” despite managing an ATM business, according to court documents.
“While the move is not a guarantee that the Supreme Court will agree to hear the appeal, the fact that the court is requiring NJ to take a position on ANJRPC’s request is significant, and signals that the court is not willing to take any action without first hearing from both sides,” announced the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs.
New Jersey is expected to enact a ‘rain tax’ enforced on property owners.
Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy is prepared to sign the bill that will allow the state’s 565 municipalities to literally tax the rain by charging property owners a fee for their parking lots and driveways, or any other surface rainwater can’t penetrate.
“Every time you think there’s nothing left to tax, we come up with something else,” said Assemblyman Hal Wirths (R-Morris-Sussex) during a debate on the bill. “It’s just never-ending down here.”
Wanda Sykes faced a booing crowd and a walkout during a comedy show in New Jersey Thursday evening after making disparaging remarks about President Trump.
“This is not the first time we’ve elected a racist, sexist, homophobic president,” said the comedian during a performance at the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank, New Jersey. “He ain’t the fist one. He’s just the first confirmed one.”
Jonathan E. Vena, vice president of marketing and communications for Count Basie, told TheWrap that a number of people left the performance in response to her remarks.
“She made some comments that patrons in the audience found objectionable and they determined that it would be better if they left,” said Vena, estimating that “around 20 people” left the venue, though he could not say for sure.
Reps for Sykes did not immediately respond to request for comment.
Parents in Vernon, New Jersey are outraged over a local middle school teacher’s lesson on September 11, which skipped over the world’s worst terrorist attack and instead focused on the plight of an imaginary Muslim boy named Osama.
Ed O’Rourke, a former U.S. Marine, and his wife, Jodi, told the New Jersey Herald that their daughter’s sixth grade teacher at Glen Meadow Middle School assigned a story titled “My Name is Osama” for students to read on September 11, which his daughter described over dinner.
The Herald reports:
The story … tells a made-up account of an Iraqi immigrant boy named Osama who faces taunts of “terrorist” in school by several students who tell him his mother, who wears a hijab, has “a bag on her head.” After pushing back against his tormenters, the boy is suspended from school for fighting.
The story included no mention of the ideology behind those who carried out the 9/11 attacks, which O’Rourke said should have been a part of the class discussion as well.
“I thought it was a joke at first,” Ed O’Rourke said. “I couldn’t believe it.”
According to the prosecutor’s office, a resident walking their own dog through Veterans Memorial Park in Highlands, New Jersey, early on Tuesday morning spotted a black wire cage with the 1-year-old pit bull cowering inside of it.
“The cage was on a small portion of sand between the bulkhead and the water,” the prosecutor’s office wrote on Facebook. “The tide was coming in and the water had reached the cage. The good Samaritan climbed over the wall and rescued the dog.”