NJ court: Judges taking over housing enforcement

New Jersey’s top court says judges will take over the enforcement of state affordable housing policy because Gov. Chris Christie’s administration has failed to do so.

Tuesday’ state Supreme Court ruling represents another legal loss for Christie and a shift in procedures for local governments.

In a series of rulings over the last 40 years, the New Jersey court has found that towns should have housing for lower-income residents.

In the latest, the unanimous court says the state has repeatedly failed to implement satisfactory rules on how many homes that towns are responsible for and their options for providing them.

The court says it would not prevent either the administration or Legislature for taking action to set up a new administrative process.

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