Dying of cancer, Newark man revisits Ground Zero to pay final respects

NEW YORK — Just outside the World Trade Center construction site, Chaz Fudge Jr. lit up a Newport 100 and took a long pull.

“I quit smoking, but I’m a little nervous today,” the former Newark resident and telecommunications executive said Tuesday afternoon.

Fudge had come from Philadelphia, where he now lives, to pay his respects, he said, to the people killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks in lower Manhattan.

He also came to say goodbye.

Fudge, 51, has stage four lung cancer. Translated into time, doctors say he has another six months to a year to live.

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