Assembly affirms S1 in partisan fashion

TRENTON – The Assembly voted to approve the Democrats’ measure to reform affordable housing requirements, 45-32.

The vote followed a narrow margin of victory in the Senate and hours of delay over amendments.

Before he and his Republican mates voted against the bill, Assemblyman Scott Rumana (R-Wayne) said, “We’re certainly going in the right direction…We took a half-step.”

Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-Plainfield), sponsor in the chamber, said, “If you can show me something different that’s constitutional, I’ll listen.”

Rumana said he’d like to eliminate inclusionary zoning entirely, but the move would likely not pass through the courts.

“We’re right there. Everyone’s committed to resolving this problem,” Rumana said.

Likely facing a veto or conditional veto, the measure will now move to the governor’s desk for his signature.

Assembly affirms S1 in partisan fashion