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(TRENTON) - Assembly Judiciary Committee Chair Peter J. Barnes III (D-Middlesex) held a hearing today to discuss the legal repercussions Superstorm Sandy has created for New Jersey residents and explore the services being offered to help families navigate any difficulties.
"Now that the waters have receded and we can begin to calculate the widespread destruction left behind by Sandy, a whole new headache has begun to emerge for many residents in the form of legal hurdles. Whether it's dealing with insurance claims, filing for FEMA assistance, home repair contracts, landlord-tenant issues, or the loss of vital legal documents, the list of legal needs for hard-hit residents is endless right now.
"Our hearing today did, however, provide a silver lining - both the New Jersey Bar Association and Legal Services of New Jersey have stepped up to the plate to offer their services for those in need. This is a godsend for many, particularly low income families and seniors who might not have any other family around to help out.
"I want to thank them for all they are doing to help get our state back on track. I'd also like to encourage anyone in need of legal assistance to contact either of these organizations instead of risking the chance of making a costly mistake by trying to navigate a particular hurdle on their own," said Barnes.
Barnes noted that residents in need of legal assistance can contact either organization at the following toll-free numbers:
- NJ Bar Association: 888-541-1900
- Legal Services of NJ: 888-222-5765
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"This is my first Mark Smith event. There have been a lot of changes in Hudson County over the last year and a half, and the most important change that has happened is that there really is unity. For the first time, we really are working together. Despite political differences. Mark and I have worked very hard to repair that. I'm really happy to be here in support of him, because I recognize that when you work together, politics becomes secondary and you really have time to focus on government, which is the most important thing." - Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop- PolitickerNJ.com
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