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  • May 17th 2010

    Analysis of Governor Christie’s Housing Policy:  How it Permits 100% RCAs

    Posted by Kevin Walsh

    Last week, Governor Christie proposed a housing policy that would allow New Jersey’s wealthiest communities to provide no opportunities for affordable housing. The governor has proposed permitting municipalities to exclude all types of affordable housing, including homes for families, seniors, and people with special needs, by using regional contribution agreements (RCAs) for their full obligation.  (more)

  • May 13th 2010

    The Details on Gov. Christie’s Housing Proposal

    Posted by Kevin Walsh

    This morning, Gov. Christie proposed a new housing policy. It was telling that the governor welcomed municipal representatives into the press conference, including the head of the NJ League of Municipalities, while his staff excluded housing advocates from entering the room. The reason that the municipal representatives were invited is that the proposal was written in an effort to appeal to towns that want to exclude lower-income families and others who need affordable housing. (more)

  • 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 The day before oral argument, Governor Christie rescinded that action in an attempt to avoid having to defend the executive order in court.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)