Governor Christie Vetoes S-1 Housing Bill
Governor Chris Christie has provisionally vetoed a measure that fizzles to correct how affordable housing is offered in New Jersey.
The laboriously revised bill falls far short of its original purpose by making a new bureaucracy and carrying forward and even escalating an unnecessary burden on the State's municipalities.
Governor Christie stated that if the goal of the said measure is to fill in an already broken system for providing affordable housing with a common sense, predictable and achievable process, then the bill badly misses the target.
According to the Governor, “The Senate has presented a considerably different version of the legislation I originally supported in June – one that was simple and sufficiently close to the recommendations contained in the March 19, 2010, report of the Housing Opportunity Task Force. This version perpetuates the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) nightmare by placing further burdens on municipalities and the environment while creating rather than eliminating additional bureaucracies in order to satisfy the needs of special interests. I believe this bill should be amended to return it to its original, beneficial form as passed by the Senate in June.”
Here is what the original version of S-1 passed by the Senate in June 2010 called for:
And this is the present, unacceptable form, S-1: