Response to New Jersey Supreme Court Housing Decision
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 31, 2011
CONTACT: Peter Kasabach (609) 393-0008, ext. 104
New Jersey Future Executive Director Peter Kasabach released the following statement regarding today’s decision by the Supreme Court of New Jersey to review the Oct. 8, 2010 Appellate Division ruling that invalidated the Council on Affordable Housing’s “third-round” regulations:
“New Jersey Future has long supported the need for a balanced housing market as an integral component of smart growth and economic development. Without it, families of modest incomes will be forced farther away from job opportunities, and communities will continue to be more economically segregated. We should not continue to concentrate poverty, and we should stimulate job growth in places where it can do the most good and be most efficient to taxpayers. Our economic recovery cannot afford the cost associated with concentrated poverty and a lack of housing affordable to our workforce.
“For more than 30 years, the courts have never wavered from the principle that municipalities in New Jersey may not use zoning to exclude families with modest incomes. Previous governors and legislators have wrestled with different approaches toward fulfilling this principle, but too often it has been left to the judiciary to identify and challenge laws, rules or programs that have not effectively met this intent. We urge this Governor and this Legislature to craft a reasonable and responsible housing policy before the Supreme Court is once again left with no choice but to assume the mantle of leadership surrendered by the executive and legislative branches.”