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  • May 13th 2010

    Christie’s Housing Policy Released; Shares Many of S-1’s Flaws

    Posted by Kevin Walsh

    FSHC has obtained a copy of Gov. Christie’s affordable housing proposal, which is not yet available on the Governor’s website. The governor’s proposal shares many of S-1’s flaws.  (more)

  • May 7th 2010

    Gov. Christie is 0-2 in litigation challenging executive orders

    Posted by Kevin Walsh

    This morning, the Appellate Division invalidated an executive order issued by Governor Christie. Executive Order 7 attempted to extend statutory restrictions on political campaign contributions from businesses with state contracts so that those restrictions also applied to unions. The decision stated that the executive order “is so fundamentally incompatible with our existing laws and statutes as to impair the ‘essential integrity’ of the constitutional powers of the Legislature.” The governor is now 0-2 in litigation challenging executive orders. Earlier this year, a different panel of the Appellate Division, in response to our litigation, enjoined Executive Order 12, which “shut down” the Council on Affordable Housing. The day before oral argument, Governor Christie rescinded that action in an attempt to avoid having to defend the executive order in court.  (more)

  • April 26th 2010

    Over 80 special needs housing providers tell Senator Codey to oppose S-1

    Posted by Adam Gordon

    Corporation for Supportive Housing New Jersey released a letter with over 80 signatories sent to Senator Codey asking him to oppose S-1. The letter stresses the importance of affordable housing for individuals and families who are homeless and/or have special needs in New Jersey. People with special needs have been among the primary beneficiaries of the Mount Laurel doctrine — current plans that S-1 would eliminate include over 3,000 new homes for people with special needs. The letter further warns that as drafted the bill will set housing development for New Jersey’s homeless and special needs communities back 15 years. Read the letter and see the signatories.  (more)

  • March 29th 2010

    Christie Task Force recommends 94 percent reduction in housing obligations

    Posted by Adam Gordon

    Gov. Christie’s recently completed housing task force claims that its recommendations would produce “No gimmicks, no formulas, no kidding.” It failed to mention, however, that the recommendations would also produce “no housing.” (more)

  • March 19th 2010

    Gov. Christie Rescinds Executive Order 12, Recognizes His Abuse of Power

    Posted by Kevin Walsh

    Today, we issued the press release below in response to Gov. Christie’s issuance of Executive Order 20, which rescinds the executive order that “shut down” the Council on Affordable Housing. Through his new executive order, the governor has acknowledged that his earlier executive order was unlawful. Today’s executive order was issued in an attempt to prevent the Appellate Division from ruling on the validity of the governor’s original executive order. Although oral argument, which was scheduled for March 22, has been adjourned, the court must still decide whether the appeal is moot. Courts often decide issues that are otherwise moot if the controversey is likely to recur and if deciding it is in the public interest.  (more)