Assemblyman Holley calls for donations of bottled water for Newark residents

Union County Assemblyman Jamel Holley, the former mayor of Roselle, says neighboring Newark needs help in a big way to address lead in its drinking water.

On Monday, Holley’s Facebook page asked for donations of water. A day later, another posting showed a drop off at the Elizabeth Port Presbyterian Center, the same center that raised and drove donations to Flint, Michigan three years ago.

Three centers in Union County are now accepting drop-off donations of water for Newark.

Senator Bob Smith chairs the Energy and Environment Committee. He says yes, the need to address Newark and the rest of the state’s water issues is great and boils down to money. For now, Holley is awaiting more water sample test results in Newark before making a formal request to Gov. Murphy to make a disaster declaration.