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'Angels of God:' Who Can Save The Woodbridge Developmental Center?

The Star-Ledger reports that the Woodbridge Development Center could close.

A reader writes in protest:

A dear friend:

I'm getting ready to go to the Woodbridge Developmental Center - they gave us a closing date Dec 31 2014. We still won't give up.

I wish there was someone out there who could help us...It's like no one cares. We invited many people to come see them. They all have excuses.

They are Angels of God who never did anything wrong in life. Their parents are in their 80s. How are they going to visit them when their sent so far away?

I have a special granddaughter who has the biggest heart. All the doctors were giving up on her. We never did. She is our miracle so now were looking for another miracle.

Please someone help us. Don't take them away from their homes and families. They can't fight for themselves. They need us. Please help Our Angels from God.
Tom Maras March 02, 2014 at 03:01 PM
Wasn't a law suit filed on this matter? If so, what is the status of that suit. Start posting which NJ State politicians you (or others) have contacted, especially those in the Assembly and Senate, as well as locals. Tell readers what, if any, response you have received. If you did get responses, was it positive or lip service? Was there any follow-up by the positive responders? Go NATIONAL with your story and be sure to tell everyone how Gov. Christie has abandon the "Angels from God"! Ditto his administration, or what's left of it. If you wish additional support and suggestions, contact me at:Apropos_T@msn.com It is hoped God will hear your prayers and reward your noble, humanitarian efforts!
Tom Maras March 02, 2014 at 03:15 PM
P.S. It is a shame you and your group fell for the mayor's and his town council's malarkey on passing a Resolution to send a letter to Christie! It wasn't worth the paper it was written on! People should remember the township has plans for that property, according to the Master Plan they passed long before your group voiced its concern to the mayor/town council at a town council meeting. Their (and their PAC developer contributors) need for low cost (affordable) house obviously supersedes the needs of God's Angels!
Tom Maras March 07, 2014 at 10:36 AM
Might this be related to the closing of this much beloved and very need facility? The NJ Legislature is attempting again to pass a state take over of foreclosed property for the purpose of affordable housing. The new bill has been raised in the Assembly - A-470 which has been passed by the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee on 2/20/14 and referred to the Assembly Appropriations Committee. An attempt at such legislation in 2012 was passed by both NJ houses and vetoed by the Governor. It is being raised again in essentially the same form as 2012 (S1566 and A2168). A revision in 2013 was started but did not proceed probably due to the election. Highlights: 1. State establish a temporary state entity for identifying and acquiring foreclosed residential property for low income housing. 2. The property will thereafter either be sold or rented to low income households 3. The property may house "Individuals with special needs" - disabled, mental illness, victims of domestic abuse, ex-offenders, youth aging out of foster care, AIDS/HIV individuals, and other emerging special needs groups identified by the state. 4. The property will be deed restricted for 30 years as affordable housing. 5. The municipality where the property is located will have a 45 day right of first refusal to purchase the property and thereafter sell or lease the property within an 180 day period as affordable housing or the state can retake the property. 6. Tax exempt private activity bonds are the main source of state financing - unlimited amount. 7. The state may also buy market-rate property (not foreclosed) for low income housing with no municipality first right of refusal to purchase the property!! There are many other negative provisions in this bill. This results in a. Lower home values b. Increase in property taxes c. Invasion of suburban communities d. Redistribution of wealth. e. Massive reconstruction of urban areas with taxpayer money. f. Further Government intrusion into private property. g. Bail out of mortgage holding companies. Below are two links to NJ Legislative pages. http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/bills/BillView.asp http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2014/Bills/A0500/470_R1.PDF END To all those who care about this facility and the quality of life it affords it's residents, the best hope of saving it may lie in getting national attention on the matter. Christie is getting national coverage at CPAC, give him some more with this issue! If Christie isn't pro Obamacare on a national level, how can he be anti-special needs facilities in his own state. Contacts must be made with the reports on the major TV channels that cover such issues. I am re-posting this story on Facebook and my Blog. If anyone wants to contact me, please do so at: Apropos_T@msn.com. This matter isn't about politics, it is about humanity!

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