Breaking ground for new cancer hospital in New Brunswick

Groundbreaking ceremony interrupted by protesters

With construction about to get underway, a groundbreaking ceremony was held in New Brunswick Thursday for a new cancer hospital, the state’s first such free-standing cancer hospital. The new facility will have “clinical spaces, diagnostic spaces, research, operating rooms, and inpatient space,“ said Christopher Paladino, President of New Brunswick Corporation.

To make way for the hospital, a neighborhood school was torn down and protesters at the groundbreaking ceremony voiced their discontent. Plans are in the works for a new school, but protesters said their demands were ignored for the new school to be built before the old one was demolished. Their interruptions forced several speakers including Gov. Phil Murphy to pause during the event.

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