Feds play hardball, launch investigation of state-run nursing homes after they say N.J. failed to respond

Two months ago in the wake of the mounting death toll at New Jersey’s veterans homes, the U.S. Department of Justice requested information regarding the spread of COVID-19 in the state-operated nursing homes.

Rather than provide all the data requested, however, investigators said the state instead referred federal investigators to New Jersey’s website.

That did not sit well with the Justice Department.

In a letter to the Murphy administration on Tuesday night, the U.S. Attorney’s office and the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division said they were launching an investigation into the veterans homes in Menlo Park, Paramus and Vineland under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act.

“In conducting the investigation, we are obliged to determine whether there are systemic violations of the constitution or laws of the United States in the veterans homes,” wrote U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito and Eric S. Dreiband, assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights

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