Croda, the company behind the chemical leak that closed the Delaware Memorial Bridge Thanksgiving week, apologized and said it would pay cleanup costs, Chris Franklin at NJ.com reports.
“We regret the significant inconvenience this situation had on our neighbors and those traveling in the area,” a company managing director said. You don’t get that much these days!
Jeff Van Drew took a furloughed Tech Center worker to the State of the Union Speech. Marion Kennedy is also deputy vice chairman of the Cumberland County Democrats, Vincent Jackson reports.
Van Drew also took the aisle seat and went in for the handshake with POTUS, as the highly likable LaurieCR on Twitter put it. You can see video here.
Bill Barlow at the Press has an awesome story about Whitesboro, which was established as a town for African-Americans during Jim Crow, and whether it can survive as a community in a new era. What’s lost? What’s gained? Bill does a good job exploring these questions!
For more feats of journalism…
CONNECTING THE DOTS AMONG POVERTY, CHRONIC DISEASES, ER VISITS–Common wisdom has it that New Jersey residents with chronic health conditions who live in poor communities where jobs are scarce are more likely to visit the hospital emergency room than better-heeled residents with similar medical challenges. www.njspotlight.com
Atlantic County Police Training Academy moves to Atlantic Cape’s Mays Landing campus–The Atlantic County Police Training Academy, operated by Atlantic County’s Department of Public Safety, will relocate from the Canale Training Center in Egg Harbor Township to the Atlantic Cape Community College Mays Landing campus, Building T. The move was unanimously approved by the Atlantic County Board of Freeholders on Jan. 29. www.downbeach.com
Six-foot, dead snake found hanging on Virgin Mary statue in Jersey City–JERSEY CITY — Cops in Jersey City see a lot but a dead Colombian red-tailed boa constrictor draped on a statue of the Virgin Mary may be a first. www.nj.com
OP-ED: TO STEM THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC, NJ MUST TAKE CARE OF PRISON POPULATION–“Sometimes I just wish I had diabetes,” Jon said. “At least then I’d get the medication I need.” Jon was sitting in an emergency room, handcuffed to his stretcher, retching from opioid withdrawal. www.njspotlight.com