TRENTON, NJ – Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) released a statement Monday following the rejection of his request earlier this month for a special state legislature session to address issues surrounding affordable housing laws.
“The speaker of the General Assembly rejected my request on procedural grounds,” Bramnick said. “I will continue to fight to sustain home rule on housing issues."
In January, the state Supreme Court ruled that municipalities must include affordable housing. If the municipality is not meeting the affordable housing quota, it can be sued by builders for the right to build more units on a specific plot in exchange for including affordable housing, Bramnick said.
He has said that he believes regional contribution agreements need to be brought back and that the courts need to create clear and concise rules regarding affordable housing.
“We have the wild, wild west right now,” Bramnick said. “Builders are suing municipalities and municipalities are confused. If you call any municipality and ask if it's clear what their affordable housing law is, it's not clear. For years, the legislature hasn't addressed it and the courts aren't setting a precedent. That happens anytime the law is unclear.”
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