TRENTON – The New Jersey Supreme Court denied a Christie Administration request for a stay of a March appellate court ruling that said the governor could not abolish the state’s Council on Affordable Housing on his own authority.
Today’s decision keeps COAH alive – at least for now. The court could still overturn the ruling, but it would have to accept briefs and hear arguments from both sides first.
COAH was established to enforce prior court rulings that required communities to provide low- and moderate- income people with opportunities to live there.
“We applaud the court’s decision that the Governor is not above the law, he cannot unilaterally eliminate COAH or do what he pleases,” said Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club. “This decision will help us in our lawsuit against the Governor’s actions to pull out of RGGI…. We believe the Governor did this without following the law or proper procedures just like he did with COAH.”
The governor decided to end New Jersey’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative last year, despite opposition from the state Legislature. The multi-state program promotes energy conservation and the use of renewable energy source while limiting carbon emissions from electric power plants.
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