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  • July 25th 2014

    Judge Orders Christie Administration to Disclose Contract on Housing Rules

    Posted by Adam Gordon

    Sets Deadline of 4 PM Today; Finds that Other Key Document Appears to Have Been Destroyed; Fair Share Offers $1000 Reward for Missing Document Updated at 4:40 p.m.

    In a ruling late Thursday, the Hon. Mary C. Jacobson ordered the Christie Administration to make public its contract with Rutgers University professor Dr. Robert Burchell for creating the state’s new fair housing rules. Judge Jacobson also found that a critical document showing how municipal housing obligations were recalculated in a way that reduces those obligations by over 8,000 homes had existed at one time, but had been destroyed. Judge Jacobson issued an order directing one final search of Rutgers University email accounts for the document. (more)

  • July 24th 2014

    Christie Administration Illegally Attempts to Reduce Housing Obligations in Certain Towns

    Posted by Adam Gordon

    Mysterious “Buildable Limit” Survey Claims Properties from Union, Somerset, and Monmouth County are Actually Located in Ocean County; Court Hearing on Administration’s Refusal to Release Contract for Survey at 2:00 Today

    The Christie Administration claims that a survey called the “buildable limit analysis,” a key part of its proposed new fair housing rules, analyzes housing obligations “much more precisely and accurately than previous calculations.” New information that the Christie Administration had previously not made public shows that that assertion is simply false. In fact, the study at the heart of the Administration’s controversial proposed Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) rules is rotten to the core: filled with manipulations of data, obviously false assumptions, and preposterous ideas. For example: (more)

  • July 15th 2014

    Legal Filings Show Key Computer Files Missing or Destroyed on Christie Administration’s New Rules

    Posted by Adam Gordon

    Documents that Explain Numbers “Could Not Be Located”; Fair Share Housing Center Files Additional Lawsuit Over Redacted and Missing Documents

    The Christie Administration and Rutgers University claimed in filings with the New Jersey Superior Court late yesterday that key documents explaining how each municipality’s fair housing obligations are calculated “could not be located.” As such, according to the Christie Administration, there is simply no way to explain why some municipalities, in a seemingly random pattern, are now being asked to provide fewer homes affordable to lower-income families and other municipalities are being asked to provide more. The legal filings admit that documents existed that explained these numbers, but assert those documents have now been destroyed or lost. (more)

  • July 2nd 2014

    Public Outrage Dominates COAH Meeting On Proposed Housing Regulations

    Posted by Laura Denker

    Public Outrage Dominates COAH Meeting On Proposed Housing Regulations

    At the July 2, 2014, Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) public comment meeting, housing advocates, members from the business community including developers, environmentalists, representatives of municipalities, and special needs advocates packed the hearing room – expressing diverse and nearly universal opposition to the proposed regulations as undermining housing choices in New Jersey and harming the recovery from Superstorm Sandy. (more)

  • June 26th 2014

    Christie Administration and Rutgers Sued Over Refusal to Provide Records for New Housing Rules

    Posted by Laura Denker

    Christie Administration, Rutgers University Won’t Say What Rutgers Professor Was Paid State Funds to Do, How He Found That Some Towns Should Have Lower Housing Obligations

    Trenton, NJ (June 26, 2014) - In a lawsuit filed today in the Law Division of New Jersey Superior Court in Mercer County, Fair Share Housing Center is suing to get access to two critical documents on the Christie Administration’s proposed new fair housing rules that the Administration has refused to disclose. First, the lawsuit seeks a contract between the Attorney General’s office and a Rutgers professor, Robert Burchell Ph.D. related to Dr. Burchell’s work in preparing Third Round regulations proposed by the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH). The lawsuit also seeks access to a spreadsheet prepared by Dr. Burchell that the state is either hiding or has lost that eliminates 8000 homes from the statewide housing need without explaining the basis for those reductions. (more)