NJ’s Top News For 9/25: Body Washes Up, Dems Turn on Menendez
Here are the top New Jersey news stories for Monday:
WEST MILFORD — A sudden and forceful explosion leveled a home in North Jersey and sent five people to hospitals in helicopters.
The house on Banker Road in West Milford was leveled by the blast around 9 p.m. Friday evening, police said.
Neighbors called quickly 911 and first responders from West Milford swarmed the scene. One neighbor, who lived nearly a mile away from the home, said to Pix11 that it felt like the shockwave was going to collapse her home as well. Neighbors reportedly said the family had moved in weeks before the explosion and were doing work on the home.
POINT PLEASANT BEACH — Nine days after a massive wave capsized a boat in the Manasquan Inlet, a body has appeared on land.
The body washed ashore in Point Pleasant Beach on Saturday amid higher waters and minor flooding due to Tropical Storm Ophelia, State Police confirmed to New Jersey 101.5.
"At 3:05 p.m., Troopers were dispatched to Channel Drive in Point Pleasant Beach in response to a report of an unidentified body found washed up," Det. Jeffrey Lebron said.
The buzzwords are back: mask up, vaccinate, stay home if you're sick.
Coronavirus concerns are ramping up again as New Jersey enters cold and flu season. Experts understand you're sick of worrying about COVID-19, but they say you still need to.
Severe illness and death will be a reality this fall and winter. Still, these aren't the dark pandemic days of 2020 and 2021.
Voters in a handful of New Jersey counties will be asked Tuesday whether or not they're on board with local school districts borrowing millions of dollars for upgrades.
Also up for a vote is a proposal to combine three districts into one in Monmouth County.
The New Jersey School Boards Association says it has learned of seven boards of education with construction proposals on the Sept. 26 ballot. Together, the questions ask about borrowing more than $126 million for construction. The rest of the funding for the projects would come from the state.
TRENTON — New Jersey's top Democrats, including Gov. Phil Murphy, are calling on the state's senior U.S. senator to immediately resign in the face of fresh corruption charges.
The calls for U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., step down fly in the face of his protestations of innocence.
Menendez and his wife are accused of taking bribes of gold bars, a luxury car and cash in exchange for using his outsized sway in foreign affairs to help the government of Egypt — and others — as well as other corrupt acts, according to an indictment unsealed Friday.