Governor Fights COAH in Court

Housing Advocates Urge Reforming Legislation Instead

Governor ChristieOn January 29, 2013, the NJNewsroom covered the “Christie Fight Against Affordable Housing.”

On January 28, 2013, the State Supreme Court heard the case regarding the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH.) Attorneys for Governor Chris Christie made the case that the Governor has the power to abolish COAH. The court arguments are part of the long, ongoing saga surrounding the fight over COAH.

“If the Governor gets his way, several justices say a chain reaction could follow, bringing the state’s independent organizations and commissions under his complete control, including public defenders and New Jersey’s lobbying and campaign-finance watchdog.

Christie’s attorneys say a state law passed in 1969 allows the Governor to rearrange some agency functions, however affordable housing advocates say it should be reformed, not just handed over to Christie.”

On Tuesday, in another move,

Christie vetoed legislation that was designed to transform foreclosed properties into affordable housing.

Christie rejected a bill that sought to establish the New Jersey Residential Foreclosure Transformation Act.

New Jersey municipalities, as part of the bill, would have 45 days to decide whether to buy foreclosed vacant houses through the state’s $268 million affordable housing trust fund.

If municipalities do not wish to purchase the homes, a newly formed corporation would buy them using federal and state financing sources and deed-restrict them as affordable housing for the next thirty years.

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