June 30, 2012
Governor vetoes extension of housing trusts and budget language
On Friday the Governor vetoed the legislation that would have provided municipalities a two-year extension for the commitment of their housing trust fund dollars. Further, budget language which would have defined “committed,” offering necessary and previously lacking guidance to municipalities, was also vetoed.
Working with unlikely allies, including the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey and the Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey, the League championed these legislative efforts, and we thank our allies for their tireless efforts. We also thank the bipartisan efforts in the Legislature, led by Senators Stack and Singer, as well as Assemblymen Jerry Green, Albert Coutinho, and Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman. We also thank other legislative leaders, such as Senator Anthony Bucco and Assemblyman Anthony Bucco who sponsored similar legislation on behalf of their constituent municipalities.
The League expresses its profound disappointment in these actions. However, this issue is not resolved as Marlboro Township has already successfully sought a temporary injunction preventing the State from seizing its trust fund dollars. For more on that injunction, please see our Dear Mayor letter of June 28: www.njslom.org/letters/2012-0628-Marlboro-Twp.html
We will continue to advise you of all developments on this ongoing issue.
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.