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John Forbes Nash May Lose N.J. Home

March 14, 2002

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. (AP) _ John Forbes Nash, whose life is chronicled in the Oscar-nominated movie ``A Beautiful Mind,″ could lose his home if the township picks one of its proposals to replace a nearby bridge.

If officials choose an option that would move the Alexander Road span slightly north, they might need to acquire some, or all, of the Nash property.

``We’re just devastated,″ Alicia Nash told The Times of Trenton for Wednesday’s editions. ``We’ve always liked this house. We’re looking forward to making other improvements to it.″

Alicia Nash said the two-story house has given her family a sense of stability, and she and her husband had hoped to spend the rest of their lives there.

The Nashes also like their home for practical reasons: They moved there about 30 years ago to be closer to the Princeton Junction train station.

Nash, 73, commutes to his office at Princeton University. His wife takes the train to Newark, where she is a computer programmer for NJ Transit. The couple has one car.

``It would be easier to move if there was no business of commuting,″ said Nash, a mathematician who won a Nobel Prize in 1996 after battling schizophrenia for decades.

The township is considering four options for replacing the Alexander Road bridge, and Mayor Shing-Fu Hsueh said he wants to drop from consideration the plan that would include the Nash property.

``That is going to destroy some of the houses, and I don’t think I’m going to accept that,″ Hsueh said. ``It will hurt the community we want to preserve.″

The township planning board reviewed the proposals Wednesday night but made no recommendation. They’re scheduled to meet again April 3.


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