The controversial subject of fair-housing that plagues suburban Westchester towns, is explored in New Jersey in an editorial in The New York Times.
Since the state's Supreme Court ruled on the Mount Laurel fair-housing case more than 30 years ago, multitudes of families on low and moderate incomes have secured homes in communities with low crime and good schools, said the newspaper.
The flip side is that reportedly attorneys estimate over 100,000 homes were not built that "should have been built" due to resistance in some places and by political figures, Gov. Chris Christie included, according to The New York Times.Last year the New Jersey housing program was taken out of Supreme Court auspices and placed into the hands of "lower courts" to get it in par again, said The New York Times.
The court though has put the responsibility of disallowing affordable housing on the communities that resisted it, according to The New York Times.
New Jersey local zoning needs to allow affordable housing in accordance with "regional growth, jobs and incomes," The New York Times said.