Gov. Chris Christie today filed plans to reorganize five units within state government, including the abolition of the Council on Affordable Housing and folding the duties of the council into the Department of Community Affairs.
Christie said the “common sense” moves will streamline government.
“Managing state government to ensure that programs and services are delivered to our citizens in the most efficient, cost-effective manner possible is a key priority of this Administration,” Christie said. “We are following through on this responsibility to make government run more efficiently and work better for all New Jerseyans. A crucial step in this process is the elimination of COAH and the transfer of its functions to a department which already supports our local governments and works closely with them on a daily basis. I’ve always believed that municipalities should be able to make their own decisions on affordable housing without being micromanaged and second guessed from Trenton. The Department of Community Affairs will work with municipalities on affordable housing, not against them.”
Also included in the governor’s plan are the transfer of the State Planning Commission and the Office of Smart Growth from the Department of Community Affairs to the Department of State, the transfer of the Business Retention and Attraction Division of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority to the Department of State, the relocation of the Amistad Commission from the Department of State to the Department of Education and the elimination of the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education and transfer of its powers, functions and duties to the Secretary of Higher Education.