TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – A new report claims one-quarter of New Jerseyans are living in poverty.
The study released Sunday by the Legal Services of New Jersey Poverty Research Institute concludes that more than two million people in New Jersey are struggling to meet their basic needs. Their numbers have increased since the beginning of the economic recession by more than 300,000.
Things have not returned to normal after Irene. Amtrak service between Philadelphia and Boston was halted due to high water that flooded the Trenton Station and tracks, making train travel north of Trenton impossible.
SEPTA had seventeen cars stranded at Trenton when water from a nearby creek overflowed over the tracks. The water is not expected to recede until Monday evening and then the damage will be assessed before a timeline to re-establish train service can be determined. SEPTA still has four train lines without service: Trenton, Paoli/Thorndale, Norristown and Cynwyd.
NJ Transit trains are only operating on the Atlantic City Line.
Amtrak service between Philadelphia and Harrisburg is expected to resume about 3 p.m today.