Gov. Christie abolishes N.J. Council on Affordable Housing

In a move designed to streamline state government, Gov. Chris Christie said today he is abolishing the Council on Affordable Housing, an embattled panel that administers New Jersey’s affordable housing laws.

The Department of Community Affairs will pick up administrative duties and enforce affordable housing laws, a move Christie said would cut down on bureaucracy and save taxpayers money.

Christie’s reorganization plans do not require legislative approval, but lawmakers could disapprove of the move within 60 days.

“I’ve always believed that municipalities should be able to make their own decisions on affordable housing without being micromanaged and second guessed from Trenton,” Christie wrote in the order. “The Department of Community Affairs will work with municipalities on affordable housing, not against them.”

The shift drew the ire of affordable housing advocates.



About Bob Voelker

Vice President and General Counsel, StreetLights Residential - Building Places that Life the Human Spirit.
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