Here are the top New Jersey news stories for Wednesday:

⬛ Hurricanes Franklin and Idalia's indirect impacts on New Jersey

Task Force 1 gathers in Wall, satellite image of Idalia
Task Force 1 gathers in Wall (NJ OEM), satellite image of Idalia (NOAA)

As Hurricane Franklin makes its presence known with heavy surf and rip currents at the Jersey Shore, members of New Jersey's Task Force 1 are headed south to be ready to help Florida recover from Hurricane Idalia.

Hurricane Franklin, a Category 4 storm with sustained winds of 140 mph winds, is about 500 miles southeast of New Jersey as of Tuesday morning, the closest it will come to New Jersey as it heads away from the East Coast.

⬛ NJ tells flood victims there's no money to rebuild

Simon Wolyniec stands in the basement of his Manville, N.J., home. (AP photo)
Simon Wolyniec stands in the basement of his Manville, N.J., home. (AP photo)

MANVILLE — Nearly two years after the remnants of Hurricane Ida flooded their community, some Somerset County homeowners are finding out that the state has no intention of helping to pay for them to rebuild their houses.

Remnants from Hurricane Ida devastated Manville on Sept. 1, 2021, with heavy rains that flooded entire sections of the borough that sit between the Raritan and Millstone rivers. Many homes have been demolished while others waited for federal funding to rebuild.

⬛ Poll: Support for offshore wind is plunging in New Jersey


A majority of New Jersey adults are still favor of the development of offshore wind energy, but support has plunged compared to just a few years ago, according to the latest Monmouth University Poll.

As New Jersey inches closer to getting its first offshore wind farm, the latest poll finds that just 54% are in favor of the move, and 40% oppose it. Support was at 76% and opposition was at 15% in a 2019 version of the poll.

⬛ Trenton, NJ child shoots self in the head, police say

Trenton apartment where a 4-year-old shot himself
Trenton apartment where a 4-year-old shot himself (CBS Philadelphia)

TRENTON — A 4-year-old child shot himself in the head Tuesday morning inside his home.

The child suffered a graze wound after the single shot was fired inside a home on Phillips Avenue in the North Trenton section of the city around 11 a.m. He was flown to Cooper University Medical Center in Camden and treated for his injury, Trenton police Lt. Nathan B. Bolognini told New Jersey 101.5.

⬛ Dozens of dead and dying dogs in cages, child removed from home

Roxy (Tender Mercies Pet Organization)

EVESHAM — Over a dozen malnourished dogs, cats and rabbits and 30 dead dogs were found by police inside and outside a home Monday following a report of cruelty from a North Carolina shelter checking on a dog they sent there.

Officers entering the home on Main Street in Evesham found it in poor condition with animals both dead and alive throughout the house in cages, according to Evesham Police Chief Walt Miller.

Check out this house that sold for $900K in Union, NJ

It was the highest sale in about three years and roughly 180% above the median home sales price in the township as of July 2023. Here's a look at the four-bedroom, four-bathroom house.

Top cancer chemical polluters in New Jersey

Top NJ contributions to President Biden's re-election campaign

In New Jersey. these are the top campaign contributors (of at least $2,000) to donate to President Biden's re-election as of June 30, 2023. The list also includes contributions made to the Democratic National Committee, which is also spending on Biden's re-election. Donations to the DNC are labeled as such.

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