NJ Democrat’s Husband Wanted Habitat For Humanity To Rebuild Their Shore Bungalow Destroyed By Sandy Into An Upscale Home Three Times The Original Size…

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No doubt she was trying to connect with her constituents and provide job training, or something. Via NJ Com

The architect of a luxurious shore home that state Assemblywoman Linda Stender’s husband wanted a Habitat for Humanity affiliate to construct for him said today that the assemblywoman was involved in the home design process.

In a brief phone interview, architect Michael De Biasse confirmed that he designed the proposed house, plans for which are filed with the Manasquan construction office.

Although De Biasse declined to answer detailed questions, he confirmed that Linda Stender consulted with him, in addition to her husband, who he primarily talked to.

“I dealt with both of them. But I dealt with Richard a lot,” he said.

Stender’s husband, Richard, successfully applied to Coastal Habitat for Humanity to demolish the modest bungalow severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 that he bought in Manasquan in 2008 for $465,000. But, as NJ Advance Media reported last week and as Coastal Habitat for Humanityconfirmed in a statement, Richard Stender had sought to replace it with an upscale home three times the size. According to its statement, Habitat balked and refused to build it, leading to a dispute and “potential litigation.”

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Zoning plans for the home Richard Stender wanted to build in Manasquan to replace a 700 square foot bungalow that was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy, filed at the Manasquan construction officeMatt Friedman/NJ Advance Media 

News of Linda Stender’s involvement could further imperil the future of the Union County Democrat, an assemblywoman since 2002.

Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-Union), Stender’s district mate and the chairman of the Union County Democratic Committee, said Monday that “so far everything that I’ve talked about and heard about has been basically her husband. And so far, he’s not an elected official. … So at this point, it’s all about Mr. Stender, not Assemblywoman Stender. But the day she’s drawn into it, then she’s fair game.”

Green said Stender had told him that she lived in Scotch Plains with her elderly mother, while her husband’s primary residence was Manasquan.

In addition to De Biasse’s statement, Coastal Habitat for Humanity on Monday said Linda Stender met with them about the planned house.

The flap has led to questions about whether Richard Stender should have financially qualified for assistance from the charity, which works to build home for lower-income homeowners, and whether the home is Richard Stender’s primary residence, a requirement for the group’s assistance.

The state Attorney General’s Office is investigating, NJ Advance Media reported Monday.

Assemblywoman Stender did not return a phone call seeking comment.
—Courtesy of Weasel Zippers

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