Feds launch investigation into New Jersey veterans homes, seek more info from New York

The U.S. Department of Justice has launched a civil rights investigation into New Jersey’s state-run veterans homes, citing a lack of cooperation with an earlier probe as well as concerns over the quality of care at the facilities.

New Jersey officials estimate that 190 residents at veterans homes in Paramus and Menlo Park have died of Covid-19, representing roughly a third of their population at the start of the pandemic. The official tally, according to the state’s Covid-19 data dashboard, remains at 143.

“Recent reports suggest that the number of Covid-19 deaths at some nursing homes, including New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home at Menlo Park and New Jersey Veterans Home at Paramus … two long-term care facilities operated by the state, have been understated,” according to a letter sent to New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy which was released by a Justice Department spokesperson Tuesday evening.

There is “cause for concern

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North Jersey poised to become one of U.S.’s hottest real estate markets in 2021, survey says

With well documented reports of people moving out of the crowded Northeastern cities and towns, an annual survey of real estate industry professionals predicts Northern New Jersey could be the country’s fourteenth hottest market in 2021.



a group of people sitting on top of a building: Thursday, October 15, 2020 - The ribbon is cut as the Trenton Housing Authority and Conifer Realty celebrate the completion of Turner Pointe, a new affordable family rental community located in North Trenton. HUD Regional Administrator for New York and New Jersey Lynne Patton also presented a ceremonial check for $6,047,038 to Mayor Gusciora representing the amount of aid Trenton receives under the CARES Act.


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Thursday, October 15, 2020 – The ribbon is cut as the Trenton Housing Authority and Conifer Realty celebrate the completion of Turner Pointe, a new affordable family rental community located in North Trenton. HUD Regional Administrator for New York and New Jersey Lynne Patton also presented a ceremonial check for $6,047,038 to Mayor Gusciora representing the amount of aid Trenton receives under the CARES Act.

The Urban Land Institute’s Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2021 also gave North Jersey real estate high rankings in other categories, in some cases beating out New York, its outer boroughs and Long

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New Jersey governor installs new adjutant general after outbreak leads to 146 deaths at veterans homes

TRENTON, N.J. — Gov. Phil Murphy dismissed New Jersey’s top military commander Friday after a coronavirus outbreak hit the state’s three veterans homes resulting in 146 deaths.

Col. Lisa Hou takes over immediately from Maj. Gen. Jemal Beale, Murphy said in a statement.

Murphy, a Democrat, faces criticism from Republicans who continue to call for a legislative review of the governor’s handling of the outbreak. He didn’t give a reason for Beale’s dismissal.

Hou, who served as a field surgeon in Afghanistan and Iraq, succeeds Beale, who was sworn into the post in 2018.

“It is an honor to be called upon to lead one of the greatest battles our department has ever faced,” she said in a statement. “Protecting our veterans and supporting our military personnel will be my priority today, and every day. We must all work together to defeat this pandemic and I am committed to doing

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New Jersey Governor Replaces Officials Who Supervised Homes Where Nearly 200 Died of Covid-19

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy replaced top officials at the state’s veterans affairs agency on Friday, less than two weeks after a Wall Street Journal investigation showed deadly lapses at one of its facilities amid a Covid-19 outbreak.

Gov. Murphy’s announcement said that effective immediately, the top Department of Military and Veterans Affairs official, Maj. Gen. Jemal Beale, would be replaced by a deputy at the agency. He said a new interim administrator would be appointed at the agency’s Menlo Park Veterans Memorial home, the focus of the Journal report, and at a second home the agency runs in Paramus, N.J.

The agency official overseeing operations at both facilities, Sean Van Lew, is also being replaced, he announcement said.

Jemal Beale was succeeded by a deputy as the top New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs official.



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The state has attributed nearly

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