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  • June 30th 2011

    Christie Abolishes COAH to Allow Wealthiest Municipalities to Exclude Working Families (PDF)

    June 30, 2011 - Trenton, NJ - Earlier this evening, Governor Christie filed a reorganization plan that would eliminate the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH). Governor Christie has made clear that his goal is to allow municipalities to exclude working families and other lower-income New Jerseyans, stating in his press release that he has “always believed that municipalities should be able to make their own decisions on affordable housing.” Municipalities that want to build walls that exclude everyone but the wealthy thus have the support of Governor Christie.

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  • June 27th 2011

    Legislature Rushing Bill Through to Subsidize Luxury Condos in Jersey City, Hoboken (PDF)

    June 27, 2011 - Trenton, NJ - With four days left before the Legislature breaks for the summer, one of the most controversial and costly bills up for debate - first considered just last Thursday - would provide up to $150 million in state subsidies for luxury condominiums. The subsidies would be allowed in just nine municipalities in the state, including the Gold Coast’s Hoboken and Jersey City.

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  • May 23rd 2011

    Court Rules Municipal Zoning Cannot Exclude Familes (PDF)

    Decision Requires Christie Administration to Cease Approving Municipal Policies that Discriminate Against Families

    May 23, 2011 – Trenton, NJ - The Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court today invalidated a state agency decision that allowed municipalities to pass zoning ordinances excluding up to one-third of all families in the state. As a result of the decision, families of New Jersey’s hardworking waitresses, school bus drivers, and nursing home aides will have greater opportunities to live in municipalities that previously adopted policies that barred them from living in the towns where they work.

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  • March 31st 2011

    New Jersey Supreme Court Decides to Hear Housing Appeals (PDF)

    Trenton, New Jersey - March 31, 2011 - The New Jersey Supreme Court has decided to review the October 8, 2010 Appellate Division decision that invalidated the Council on Affordable Housing’s (COAH) flawed Third Round regulations. The Court’s decision is in response to requests filed by thirteen municipalities and the New Jersey League of Municipalities that want the Court to relieve them of the obligation to provide zoning for starter homes for New Jersey’s working families. The municipalities have the support of the Christie Administration, which has called for allowing wealthy municipalities to build walls that exclude working New Jerseyans, seniors, and people with special needs.

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  • February 7th 2011

    Court Again Rejects Attempt by Galloway to Exclude Working Families (PDF)

    In a decision released today, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court rejected for the second time a Regional Contribution Agreement (RCA) in which Galloway Township and K. Hovnanian attempted to pay Bridgeton $2.1 million dollars instead of building 61 low- and moderate-income homes as part of the 3100-unit Smithville development. The Court found that the Legislature had clearly intended to prohibit all RCAs going forward in passing landmark legislation, Assembly Bill A500, in June 2008.

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  • January 24th 2011


    January 24, 2011 – New Jersey - This afternoon, Governor Christie conditionally vetoed the housing legislation that was passed by the Legislature earlier this month. In doing so, he called on the Legislature to adopt revised legislation that would allow municipalities to completely exclude lower-income households. His proposed amendments would allow municipalities to determine their housing obligations and would reimpose growth share, a failed system that has been rejected twice by the courts as unconstitutional because it allowed municipalities to avoid their regional low- and moderate-income housing obligations.

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  • January 19th 2011


    January 19, 2011 – New Jersey - The Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court has ordered the Christie Administration to stop delaying new COAH rules for municipal obligations for low- and moderate-income homes. The Court is requiring a sworn certification from DCA Commissioner Lori Grifa every two weeks on progress towards new rules, with the first certification due on January 28, 2011. The Court also said that it would consider appointing a special master to oversee the agency depending on the content of the first report.

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  • November 15th 2010

    Senator Lesniak Can’t Have it Both Ways on Housing (PDF)

    November 15, 2010 – Elizabeth, New Jersey- Today, in a Union County courtroom, Sen. Raymond Lesniak’s (DUnion) law firm is asking a judge to approve a development of 163 homes that would, under Sen. Lesniak’s new housing bill, be deemed unnecessary.

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  • November 10th 2010

    Proposed Legislation will Require Development of Over 13,000 Pricey Homes in Gloucester & Salem Co (PDF)

    On Monday, the Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee, including local Assemblywoman Celeste Riley, passed A-3447, a bill that would require development of over 13,000 new McMansions in Gloucester and Salem Counties costing as much as $470,000 – while leaving working-class families, seniors on a fixed income, and people with special needs with fewer housing choices.

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  • October 27th 2010

    Court Invalidates Fort Monmouth Plan (PDF)

    The Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court today invalidated the Fort Monmouth Reuse and Redevelopment Plan that was adopted by Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Planning Authority (FMERPA) because, the court found, the agency failed to plan for housing in the manner required by the law. As a state agency with regional planning responsibilities, FMERPA’s successor, the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority Act (FMERA), will now be required to adopt an amended plan that complies with state law by coordinating housing opportunities at a regional level, rather than at a municipal level.

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