Lead in NJ’s children: Fixing it is a billion-dollar problem

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RUSS ZIMMER / APP.COM – New Jersey should spend $1.1 billion over the next 10 years to fix lead hazards that have poisoned thousands of children in the state, stunting their growth and limiting their potential, according to a coalition of health and housing advocates.

The groups released a report at the Statehouse on Wednesday that outlined a strategy for confronting the lead problem and they say that lawmakers are finally listening.

“There’s more will than there’s ever been,” said Staci Berger, president and CEO of the Housing & Community Development Network of New Jersey. “It’s the first time in my experience, and I’ve been doing this for two decades, that the governor has addressed lead poisoning in his or her Inaugural Address” …

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