March 10, 2015

Watson Coleman Applauds NJ Supreme Court Decision on Fair Housing


Ewing, NJ (March 10, 2015) ― Today, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) issued the following statement after the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Governor Chris Christie’s administration repeatedly failed to comply with its order to establish new affordable housing guidelines for New Jersey towns, and transferred authority to trial judges:

“Housing is intrinsically linked to every other aspect of our lives, from the education our children have access to, to the safety of our neighborhoods, to the jobs we’re able to find.  When affordable housing is available in all communities, rather than concentrated in underserved regions, we ensure equal access to economic opportunity for all of our residents ― and we make New Jersey stronger.

“As a member of the General Assembly, I led the fight for A-500, legislation that  built the fair housing framework Governor Christie has refused to enforce.  The State Supreme Court’s decision is a landmark moment for our entire state, and the underlying policies have the potential to improve millions of lives across the country.  I’ll be fighting for changes like these in Washington, D.C. just as hard as I fought for them in Trenton.”