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Christie Administration Files Brief at Supreme Court on Failure to Adopt Fair Housing Rules

Posted by Laura Denker on November 14th 2014

CHRISTIE ADMINISTRATION FILES BRIEF AT SUPREME COURT ON FAILURE TO ADOPT FAIR HOUSING RULES
Brief Does Not Provide Any Path Forward for Fair Housing in New Jersey

Late yesterday, the Attorney General’s office filed a brief at the Supreme Court in response to Fair Share Housing Center’s Motion to Enforce Litigant’s Rights, which asks the Court to respond to the Christie Administration’s failure to meet the October 22 deadline set by the Court for adopting new rules to implement the New Jersey Fair Housing Act. The Attorney General’s brief opposes FSHC’s motion, but does not provide any path forward for fair housing in New Jersey. Essentially, the Christie Administration is asking the Court to simply allow there to be no path forward for enforcement of the Fair Housing Act.

“In the midst of a housing affordability crisis made even worse by the slow recovery from Superstorm Sandy, the Christie Administration’s message is to do nothing,” FSHC Staff Attorney Kevin Walsh said. “The Christie Administration missed the Supreme Court’s deadline of adopting housing rules by October 22 in time for those rules to be published by November 17. These endless delays are harming New Jersey - doing nothing is not an option.”

The Attorney General’s brief is available here. At this point, all briefs have been filed with the Court and the next step is for the Court to consider the briefs and render a decision.